If you see fish kills on the Apalachicola or other waterway, report it to Florida Fish and Wildlife online or by calling their hotline at 800-636-0511. We will continue to follow the story as new information becomes available.
Rob Diaz de Villegas WFSU Public Media
Saturday (10/20/18) Update
Riverkeeper Georgia Ackerman has been in touch with Alex Reed of the Department of Environmental Protection Division of Water Resource Management, located in Panama City. After Hurricane Michael, the Division is operating at Gulf Coast Community College with limited phone and wifi connectivity.
Per Alex Reed, DEP and FWC are working together to gather data at points upstream and downstream of the sewage spill. They’ll be sampling for a variety of contaminants, salt, and oxygen levels. While a sewage spill is a likely cause for fish kills, these events are common during hurricanes. For an explanation of how a strong storm can affect fish, continue reading.
Researchers with Florida Fish and Wildlife suspect that a sewage release is partially responsible for fish kills in Gulf and Franklin Counties. The source of the sewage is a treatment plant in Wewahitchka, on the Chipola River. Earlier this week the plant was reported to have released 80,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater after losing power during Hurricane Michael. FWC has received several reports of dead fish in the Apalachicola River delta downstream of the spill. Continue reading Fish Kills on the Apalachicola Possibly Linked to Sewage Spill