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ADEM Investigates Fish Kill on Black Warrior River

By  | August 25, 2019 | Filed under: News

Image result for ADEM Investigates Fish Kill on Black Warrior River august 17MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is
investigating a fish kill on the Black Warrior River near the Holt Lock and Dam in Tuscaloosa
County.

ADEM received notification of the fish kill on Saturday, August 17, 2019 and responded
immediately to the incident. Both ADEM and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources collected samples in four different locations including: the area of the fish kill, one
upstream, and two downstream. Early reports determine hundreds of dead shad were the only
affected species.

Initial dissolved oxygen and pH levels were reported in the normal range during field
measurements. The Department is also analyzing for nutrients, alkalinity, metals, and other water
quality parameters which require laboratory analysis. Those results have not been determined at this time.
ADEM and ADCNR will continue the investigation.

Media Release/ Alabama Department of Environmental Management

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