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Weather likely caused two fish kills in eastern North Carolina this month

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Coastal Carolina Riverwatch
A grassroots organization that works to protect the waters of eastern North Carolina says there were two separate fish kills in the small coastal community of Sneads Ferry this month.

A grassroots organization that works to protect the waters of eastern North Carolina says there were two separate fish kills in a small coastal community this month.

On September 13th, a person in Sneads Ferry reported to Coastal Carolina Riverwatch that there were dead fish of all sizes in a Chadwick Shores neighborhood pond.

A DEQ Quality water quality inspector visited the next day and saw 5-10 dead fish, mostly red drums. Officials said heavy rain may have flushed a load of organic matter from the wetland which drains into the pond, which also receives runoff from the roads in that area.

DEQ will be sending a wildlife biologist out to the site in a few weeks to assess the pond.

Also in Sneads Ferry, at the end of Fannie Creek Lane along the New River, an algae bloom was discovered on Tuesday with fish kills reported.

The bloom has been reported to the state.

A resource officer with the DEQ said the more-common-than-normal northeast wind this month combined with the hotter than usual temperatures likely contributed and the problem will probably resolve itself when the weather pattern changes and when the water temps drop.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.