Watauga River Water Advisory Continues In Foscoe (2018-07-06 14:10:24)

A recreational water advisory continues for the Watauga River in the Foscoe area.

Watauga County officials warn people to avoid recreational activities, due to a gas leak that appears to be seeping into the river between Church Road and Riverside Farm Road.  The advisory applies only to that section.

AppHealthCare reports the source of the gas leak has not been identified and seepage continues to take place. State officials continue to work on additional investigation steps to identify a source, including efforts to coordinate a ground radar survey.

Environmental and health officials recommend the following:

  • Avoid swimming, wading or fishing in this section of the Watauga River until further notice.
  • Avoid skin contact with water, soil and sediment in or near the river.
  • If skin comes in contact with contaminated sediment or water, thoroughly wash the affected area with soap and water.

For questions or concerns, call the Environmental Health Services office at (828) 264-4995, or email