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Strange colored water in creek raises concern in West Jefferson County

WEST JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) -- Photos on Facebook caught many users' eyes when they saw pink-colored water inside of a creek in West Jefferson county.

Dalton Rheuby posted to Facebook that the pictures were taken near Alliance Road at the mine portal just before you get to Highway 269. The photos feature a dark pink hue in the natural creek. 

The Black Warrior Riverkeeper says this is "certainly problematic." Officials from the Black Warrior Riverkeeper says the discolored water is from the Maxine Pratt underground coal mine. This is flowing from the coal mine, down a stream, through a culvert under Alliance Road. At this time, officials do not know what the discoloration is, but expect tests to run so they are able to figure it out. 

Community members tell the Black Warrior Riverkeeper it smells like hydraulic fluid near the area. Although the water looks possibly dangerous, there have not been any reports of fish-kill or harm to the environment. 

This creek runs into Coal Creek, which is a tributary into the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. 


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