Passing along the information that I have received regarding the recent Fish Kill on Brushy Creek. This information has come directly from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Spills and Kills Biologist from Region 1 (our region.)
"We believe that the fish died sometime on or before October 27. This is based on the decomposition and the position of many of the fish up on the banks of the creek after a high flow event. Whatever occurred at that time is not currently ongoing. We did not see fresh dead fish or stressed out dying fish in the creek, and the water parameters are normal. We are looking into any activity that occurred last week to see if it contributed to the kill.
If this was due to a chemical spill, the acute effects would make it difficult to detect in tissue samples. Also, the advanced state of decomposition of the fish would make it difficult to examine organs that an acutely toxic chemical would attack such as the gills or liver.
I just wanted to let you know that we haven’t come to a conclusion as to the cause at this time and we are still looking into this. I will update you as we learn more. Thank you for your concern for Brushy Creek."
So, from this I gather the following:
- TPWD Spills and Kills is still looking into this matter and has not ruled anything out.
- There does not appear to be any more fish dying in this stretch at this time.
- We have no answer yet, and we might not ever get one from TPWD.
- Maybe they are not seeing any more fish dying because so many died in the original kill?
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