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Dead Fish Showing Up At Greenville Town Common

There are more reports of fish kill today in the east, another result of Hurricane Irene and the massive amount of rain she dumped.

Thousands of small fish were found dead at the Greenville Town Common along the Tar River. Some larger fish were coming closer to shore to try and find oxygen.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources says fish kills often happen after hurricanes, or any other time when there is a lot of rain, creating storm water runoff. The water gets polluted quickly, but also, as all the debris in the water tries to degrade, it uses up a lot of oxygen. That can steal the oxygen the fish depend on to survive.

Similar fish kills have been reported to the state after Irene, in Beaufort County and in Bertie County.


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