Officials in Southeast Georgia's Effingham County are telling people not to swim or fish in the Ogeechee River. A blistered catfish was found in the river Wednesday. That's a sign the fish was suffering from the same bacteria responsible for killing thousands of fish in the river last year and in May. The catfish was found about 10 miles south of the Ga. 119 bridge.
The state Department of Natural Resources has issued a warning about the Ogeechee River in Bulloch and Effingham counties after 10 dead fish were found. The state Environmental Protection Division is doing tests to determine what killed the fish.
A Screven County textile mill has agreed to pay for third-party water-quality monitoring of the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia after a record-setting fish kill last year. King America Finishing and the state Environmental Protection Division agreed the company would spend $1 million on what are called “supplemental environmental projects.”
A Screven County textile mill is defending a $1 million agreement with regulators over this year's massive fish kill in the Ogeechee River. The deal's critics are suing to stop the deal. They say, officials let the mill off light by not fining the company millions more in penalties. Company officials, however, say, there's no guarantee fines would have gone to protect the river.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper is challenging Georgia's response to a massive fish kill in May traced to a Screven County textile mill. Environmental Protection Division officials and King America Finishing Company negotiated an agreement last month that lets the company avoid fines. Instead, it will spend $1 million on unspecific river improvement projects.
Scores of fish are dead after an east Georgia waterway turned an unusual color over the weekend. Burke County's Brier Creek is naturally dark brown because of decaying organic matter. But it turned completely clear Saturday. Now Savannah Riverkeeper Tonia Bonitatibus says, state environmental officials are investigating another large fish kill.