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Fish kill reported in Haw River

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  • Alamance County Parks and Recreation
A fish kill has been reported in the upper portion of the Haw River that runs through Alamance County before flowing into Chatham County. Haw River Assembly Riverkeeper Elaine Chiosso says the fish kill involving several hundred fish is likely related to the 1.45 million gallons of untreated wastewater the City of Greensboro spilled on July 14, after a strong storm knocked out power for six and half hours. However, that has not been confirmed by state officials.

The untreated sewage entered South Buffalo Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin before flowing into the Haw River.

The Haw River Assembly reported the fish kill to the state Division of Water Quality (DWQ), which is investigating the sewage spill. DWQ did find dead fish in Reedy Fork and the Haw River. Chiosso says paddlers on the river near Burlington have seen dead fish and reported the smell of fish decomposing.

This time of year, the Haw River is ideal for swimming, fishing, wading, kayaking and tubing. Chiosso cautions those looking to cool off stay out of the water to avoid contamination if they see dead fish or smell unusually bad odors.

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