- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

DAVIS, W.Va. (AP) - State officials say an estimated 23,000 fish were killed in the Blackwater River in Tucker County after an automated pollution control system dumped too much hydrated lime into the waters.

Bret Preston is the fisheries chief with the state Division of Natural Resources. He told the Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1AVTfyN ) the division is still investigating what went wrong with the automated system.

Lime is added to the river to reduce acid pollution.

The fish kill involved primarily small species such as darters, but trout and smallmouth bass were also found.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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