Mike Dougherty, director of economic development for city of Eden talks about the Dan River's history and its importance to the region during the State of Our Rivers event on Tuesday. He believes the waterway is safe a year after the spill, and says it is prime for more recreation, including kayaking and canoeing.
At Draper Landing in Eden, Harold Byrd (left) and Donald Perdue of Rockingham County say they have fished the Dan and hunted its banks for years, eating what they caught and killed. Those days are over, they say.
It’s been three weeks since Duke Energy announced that a major pipe leak was causing thousands of gallons of toxic coal ash to empty into the Dan River. The incident in Rockingham County is estimated to be the third-largest coal ash spill in the nation's history.