Thu., October 20, 2011 3:28pm (EDT)

More Fish Kills Being Investigated
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 2 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Dead fish on the banks of Commissioner Creek in Wilkinson County (photo courtesy Altamaha Riverkeeper)
Dead fish on the banks of Commissioner Creek in Wilkinson County (photo courtesy Altamaha Riverkeeper)
State environmental officials are investigating another fish kill. Thousands of fish in Middle Georgia died in late September.

Experts say Commissioner Creek in Wilkinson County had high water acid at the time of the kill. That was also the case when fish died in Brier Creek in Richmond County earlier this week.

Ben Emanuel with the Altamaha Riverkeeper says the area is home to kaolin mines and processing plants. He’s also concerned about the 44 percent budget cut at the state Environmental Protection Division since 2008.

“When we see multiple fish kills happening around the state just this year we have real concerns about their resources and capability to do all the enforcement, all the monitoring that’s required to fix the problems."

The E-P-D is also investigating the sudden death of 30,000 fish in the Ogeechee River in May.