Wastewater spill wipes out 175,000 fish north of Birmingham

“All you could smell was dead, rotting fish.”

Samples taken by Black Warrior Riverkeeper on Monday showed E coli. bacteria at “nearly double the maximum amount allowed by the state of Alabama in surface waters during the summer recreation season.”

“Residents reported waves of dead fish, including large, hearty species such as catfish and gar washing up in droves and creating an almost unbearable smell.”

When will Alabama dare defend herself?

“The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will put a value on the tens of thousands – likely hundreds of thousands of fish killed in the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River this month.

A few nickels apiece, if the past is prologue.” – John Archibald

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