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Friday, February 11, 2011

Holmes Run orange color - could be harmless bacteria

Russ Smith, an engineer with the Fairfax County stormwater planning department, says the bright orange color in Holmes Run is most likely caused by “iron fixing bacteria,” which shows up when the weather gets warmer. He says it is “totally inert” and is not harmful to people or wildlife. The hazardous materials department has also been notified, in case that’s not what it is.

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