02/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ocoee River Gets Gift Of Sludge From TVA, Too

TVA has released muddy sludge once again, this time on the Ocoee River in East Tennessee.

Efforts to repair one of a series of dams on the river released sediment into the rocky channel over the weekend, agency spokeswoman Barbara Martocci confirmed Thursday. The U.S. Forest Service discovered the problem Sunday.

Two days later, a section of the Ocoee River Gorge -- a world-renowned location for whitewater sports and site of Olympic competition during the 1996 Atlanta games -- was about half-filled with black, foul-smelling muck, said Tisha Calabrese-Benton, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environment and Conservation.

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