Authorities investigate North Augusta fish kill

Authorities in South Carolina were investigating an apparent fish kill at North Augusta’s Brick Pond Park.

The event, which involved about 40 fish, is likely to be weather related, said Tonya Bontatibus, the executive director of Savannah Riverkeeper.

Periods of hot, then cool weather, interspersed with heavy cold rains, can cause a sudden loss of oxygen in ponds or streams, which in turn can result in a fish kill, said Georgia Wildlife Resources fisheries biologist Ed Bettross.

Bettross said he is aware of similar die-offs in Georgia in recent months.

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