A stream that people say has been polluted for years got some needed attention Wednesday.
Workers started a week-long process Wednesday morning to clean up sections of Blacks Run behind the Public Safety Building in Harrisonburg. Heavy machine workers blasted the concrete walls along the side of the river and will replace the wall with a more natural buffer of trees and shrubs.
"We're allowing spaces for the water to slow down and spread out," says Jared Stoltzfus, the stream health coordinator. "The plants do a lot of filtering of the water, removing sediment, removing some of the pollutants and then providing shade on the stream."
A $30,000 grant from the city of Harrisonburg was used to pay for the cleanup. A volunteer cleanup is scheduled for April 12.