The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority released a statement on Feb. 20 in regards to the Dan River coal ash spill. The organization has much concern for the environmental impacts the spill could possibly cause.

The tourism authority said they do not know all of the environmental impacts there could be on aquatic life and with river activities.

Duke Energy works with local, state and federal agencies to ensure that the situation is monitored, the press release said.

The upper sections of the Dan River in Rockingham County are open for tubing, paddling, and fishing. The sections allow for recreational activities to still take place, despite the spill, the release said.

The release said there are 20 miles total of clean water for recreational enjoyment. The Mayo and Smith rivers in Rockingham County also have opportunities for recreation.

Contact the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development for more information at 336-342-8138.

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