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Murderkill River Dyed Red for Water Quality Test

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KENT COUNTY, Del.- The Murderkill River in Kent County is a different shade this week.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Delaware Shellfish Program and Kent County Levy Court are conducting a week-long water quality study in the Murderkill River and Delaware Bay to evaluate the bay's oyster beds.

A red dye, known as Rodamine WT, was released at the Kent County Wastewater Treatment Plant near Frederica so that DNREC can measure water flow and dispersion in the waters where shellfish are harvested.

The dye is not considered harmful to the public or the environment, according to DNREC.

Portions of the Delaware Bay, Murderkill River and St. Jones River have turned reddish in color but should disperse within a couple days, DNREC said.

 

 

 

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