The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) is investigating a fish kill on the Black Warrior River near the Holt Lock and Dam in Tuscaloosa County.
ADEM – “Early reports determine hundreds of dead shad were the only affected species.”
ADEM received notification of the fish kill on Saturday, August 17, 2019, and responded immediately to the incident. Both ADEM and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources collected samples in four different locations including the area of the fish kill, one
upstream, and two downstream. Early reports determine hundreds of dead shad were the only
Initial dissolved oxygen and pH levels were reported in the normal range during field
measurements. The Department is also analyzing for nutrients, alkalinity, metals, and other water
quality parameters which require laboratory analysis. Those results have not been determined at this
ADEM and ADCNR will continue the investigation.
(Ed, note: Initial reports were that thousands of fish were killed including bass and other species.)