Hundreds of dead fish have been found along a several mile stretch of Brier Creek in Burke and Southern Richmond counties, in Georgia.
Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus spent the afternoon Tuesday warning people who stopped along Brier Creek, something was wrong with the water.Since Saturday fish have been washing up dead along the creeks shores. So far Bonitatibus says she's seen several hundred dead fish in the creek, but says, there are most likely many more. Bonitatibus says, “We’ve got all the way down to the tiny little bait fish to the big ones, which indicates it was not a disolved oxygen kill, it was something other than that, that killed them very quickly.”
The river keeper says a tell tell sign that somethings wrong with Briar Creek is the water. If you look at it’s clear, you can see right through it, but the riverkeeper says it should be dark, almost black. Bonitatibus says, “Something’s caused the seporation of the water and it made everything fall out. So you start looking at the industies that use materials that cause seperation, most often you’ll find that with koalin mines.” Bonitatibus says there are six kaolin mines in a six mile radius from the strech of creek where the fish were found. The water in now a concern for the people living next to river. Steve Johson has lived on Brier Creek for the last year, he says now he’s worred because the creek feeds the well that suplies water to his house. “Anytime you’ve got a fish kill you’ve obviously got some issues.” The riverkeeper is warning people around the Briarcreek area not to come in contact with the water or eat fish from the creek. She also says if you live near Brier creek and have a well, that’s less than 40 feet deep, use bottled water until the EPD figures out exactly what’s causing the problem. - WJBF.
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