Red dye tracking wastewater plant's discharge

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - The South Carolina Department of Health dumped red dye into the Beaufort River on Monday.

DHEC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration both went out into the river at 7 a.m. The red dye acts as a tracker and was put in by the Port Royal Marina to measure where the Port Royal Wastewater Treatment Plant's discharge travels during different tide levels.

The dye is not harmful and should be diluted by the end of Tuesday, according to the health department.

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