A fish kill in Brier Creek was under investigation Monday by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division.
“The complaint came in Saturday evening,” said EPD spokesman Kevin Chambers. “Brier Creek in the Keysville area in Burke County is the most heavily impacted.”
Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division is assisting in the investigation and trying to come up with a number of dead fish — and a possible cause, he said.
“We are early in the investigation, so we have people walking the creek, taking water samples, etc.,” Chambers said.
Authorities have ruled out an Oct. 9 truck accident in which some liquid nitrogen was spilled near Sandy Run Creek, which flows into Brier Creek.
“We know about the truck wreck, but it is not related,” Chambers said. “The spilled materials never reached the waterway and it’s too far away from the fish kill area.”
EPD recently completed an investigation into a May fish kill in which 38,634 fish died along the Ogeechee River.
The case yielded a consent order with a Screven County industry – King America Finishing – that was found to be illegally dumping toxic waste into the river. The company agreed to spend $1 million in “supplemental environmental projects.”