Fish kill observed in Savannah tributary

Saturday, July 27, 2013 5:25 PM
Last updated 6:58 PM
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A fish kill was reported Satur­day along a Columbia County tributary of the Savannah River, but its cause remains unknown.

The affected area appeared to be limited to a segment of Betty’s Branch, said Jay Jacobs, a staff member of Savan­nah Riverkeeper.

Jacobs and a fellow River­keeper official came to the site after a resident reported dead fish in the area.

“We found about 60 dead fish,” Jacobs said. “We saw perch, catfish, (largemouth) bass, chain pickerel, shad, suckers and carp – and there were multiple sizes.”

Dead fish were in the channel downstream from Columbia County’s Riverview Park boat ramp, he said, but none were seen in the main river channel.

Georgia’s Department of Nat­ural Resources was notified.

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soapy_725 07/28/13 - 06:41 am
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Could it be asphalt run off from the parking lot?
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Could it be asphalt run off from the parking lot?

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David Parker 07/29/13 - 12:31 pm
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maybe the increase in

maybe the increase in heat/sun caused increase in algae growth that resulted in too less O2 and the fish couldn't withstand the quick changes. Hope anyway. If it's pollutants then bad mojo

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