About one thousand Blueback Herring die at Clark's Hill Lake

Published: Aug. 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM EDT
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Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Savannah Riverkeeper has posted on Facebook that there have been reports of fish kill at Clark's Hill Lake near the dam.

The Savannah District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tested samples and determined that the kill was most likely a result of low oxygen levels and high temperatures near the dam. Approximately one thousand blueback herring died as a result, according to the Savannah Riverkeeper's Facebook page.

The Corps is currently meeting its oxygen injection goals but will increase the levels to prevent further loss. This is not an uncommon occurrence this time of year when water levels are low and temperatures are hot. The Savannah Riverkeeper said there is currently no cause for alarm, however, please refrain from touching, collecting or swimming near dead fish.