Fish Kill In The East

More than 54,000 dead fish have been found in Blounts Creek in eastern North Carolina.

The North Carolina Division of Water Quality says the fish were found Wednesday morning in the upper part of the creek in Beaufort County. The creek feeds into the Pamlico River.

Spokeswoman Susan Massengale says the dead fish included menhaden, spot, sunfish, bream, gizzard and shad.

Massengale says low dissolved oxygen levels were measured at the surface and three feet below the surface throughout the area where the dead fish were found.

She says officials are trying to determine what caused the oxygen levels to drop. Water samples have been sent to a lab in Raleigh for analysis.


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  • by Bob Location: Blounts Creek on Jun 16, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    We had a two inch plus rain fall the night before. Some type of chemical or sewer was probably washed into our waters. Cant wait to find out what the lab results are. I hope that we can identify the reson and prevent it in the future. I see many other comments, political and otherwise, but the seriousness of this problem shuld be our main focus. Thanks Bob
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Jun 12, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Hey Robert,since you helped build the mine maybe you are the one responsible for the fish kill. By the way did they actually pick up each individual fish as they counted them? Or did some environmental EXPERT just look at them and say, I see "exactly" 54,000 dead fish. wonder why she didn't give the number for each species? But we all know it had to be PCS at fault, after all they are located app. 30 miles east of Blounts creek on the Pamlico river, and since the river flows eastward away from Blounts creek, and the kill was discovered in the upper part of Blounts creek, it's a no-brainer, PCS did it.They found a way to reverse the flow of gravity. And don't forget the acid rain, they also discovered how to get it to rain on just one small area of a creek and fall only on the water, so as not to kill any vegetation. Robert you are a genius, why did they ever let such a brilliant mind as yours get away?
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jun 11, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    So why hasn't PTRF done something about this???
  • by robert Location: newport on Jun 11, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    This all started in 1974 when they started mining phosphate. I helped build the Aurora facility "Texas Gulf Sulfur." The sulfuric acid clouds became acid rain and contaminated a huge area. Mining and processing phosphate is not good for the environment.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 11, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    Should not Obama appoint a "Fish Kill Czar".
  • by john Location: washington on Jun 11, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    Snake oil,not that it matters,but i like you.It's good to see other people research rather than just accept the garbage the main streem media try and push off on us.I remember growing up they (media and groups looking money)were warning us that the next ice age was going to take us out.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 11, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    Actually Mr Mackey, I went to NOAA and several other web sites, one even in NC to find there is no evidence to support it. If you research it on the web, getting away from the politico and other liberal web sites, you will find that even scientists don't support it and explain it as a political ploy by very liberal groups. You should have suspected that when you find Al Gore, the guy who invented the internet as its poster child.
  • by WITN on Jun 11, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Hey, we appreciate the heads up on the catfish... we have trouble sometimes too!
  • by tj on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    Waiting for someone to blame it on PCS.
  • by Bubba Location: who cares on Jun 11, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    Thank you WITN, I stand corrected, that is a menhaden, but looks alittle like a grass shad. Our eyes fail us as we age.
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