Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Flooding Blamed For Fish Kills, Animal Deaths along the Mississippi River - 31st May 2011

Record flooding along the Mississippi River is killing some fish and other animals, but wildlife officials said that was anticipated and no reason for alarm.

Ron Garavelli, the director of fisheries for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, said a small fish kill was confirmed in Wolf Lake north of Yazoo City in recent weeks.

He said chemicals and decaying debris take oxygen out of the water, which is expected to cause more fish kills. Garavelli said the flooding also kills other animals.

He urged Mississippi residents to report dead animals and fish kills to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality or the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Source