Combined Sewage in Rivers

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City officials in Lansing and East Lansing are reminding residents to stay away from both the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers. Recent storms have caused sewers to overflow into rivers. The overflow contains sewage, and officials say it could pose a health threat.

For at least three or four days, resident should avoid activities such as fishing, swimming and canoeing. Basically, any activity that could cause you to come into contact with the water from either river.

Sewer overflow is allowed by the Department of Environmental Quality, and officials say what flows into the river is very diluted, but residents should still remain careful.