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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 6:44am

Chemical Spill Blamed for Fish Kill

Updated: 3 years ago.
Oxygen levels in the river were normal, meaning that the likelihood of further damage is minimal. (photo courtesy eutrophication&hypoxia via Flickr

The Satilla Riverkeeper says a chemical spill discovered in a Waycross drainage canal has killed some fish kill but poses no risk to the river.

Riverkeeper Bill Miller said Tuesday is that the spill does not appear to be major.

The canal is part of a drainage system that carries storm water away from the city. The system drains into Tebeau Creek, which flows into the Satilla River northeast of Waycross.

Waycross City Engineer Frank Baugh says someone may have dumped something into the canal. He says some small bream and catfish were found along the canal for a couple of hundred feet.

Baugh says the state Department of Natural Resources tested the water and determined that oxygen levels were normal, meaning that the likelihood of further damage is minimal.