5,000 fish killed in Savannah River tributary

5,000 fish killed in Savannah River tributary

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EVANS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say low oxygen levels have likely led to a fish kill in a Savannah River tributary.

Regional fisheries supervisor Steve Schleiger told the Augusta Chronicle Tuesday (http://bit.ly/14yZszK ) that about 5,000 fish have died in Betty's Branch - which is near Riverside Park in Evans, northwest of Augusta.

Schleiger says Department of Natural Resources officials found low levels of oxygen in the water. He says a potential cause could be organic matter that was flushed into the stream during recent heavy rain.

Officials say the stream's oxygen levels have risen from 1 to 3 milligrams per liter. Schleiger says fish that are caught in the area are safe to eat and the fish kill appears to be over.

 

Information from: The Augusta Chronicle , http://www.augustachronicle.com

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