MDEQ monitoring bayou cleanup after discharge kills fish
Published: August 22,2013
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JACKSON COUNTY — The fish kill caused by low pH levels in Bayou Casotte has left a mess, and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Mississippi Phosphates Corp. are working to clean up the bayou.
MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur tells The Sun Herald the agency is monitoring the cleanup and will let residents know when the pH levels are once again safe for fishing.
Johnson said the discharge lasted 24 hours and followed federal and state regulations. The process water was untreated and the pH levels were low, which could be related to the fish kill caused by low pH levels.
Mississippi Phosphates is working to clean up the dead fish in the bayou which includes popeye mullet, catfish and croaker.
The MDEQ will continue to monitor the situation and report the exact pH levels after more testing.
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