HERE COMES THE GOLDEN ALGAE - Algae Killed Every Fish, Mussel, Salamander In Dunkard Creek

(12/04/2009)

One of the worst environmental fish kills in northern West Virginia has completely wiped out 40 species of fish and salamanders and the entire 14 species of mussels in the 43 miles of Dunkard Creek.

Dunkard Creek is a tributary of the Monongahela River, near Morgantown.

Now, six West Virginia streams have tested positive for golden algae.

Environmental investigators say "high levels of total dissolved solids" cause the algae to grow, a problem that has surfaced in waters around the USA, causing millions of dollars of loss in fish kill.

Pennsylvania DEP officials say their research shows CONSOL Energy's Blacksville Number 2 Mine is the reason for the high total dissolved solids, or TDS, likely leading to the Dunkard Creek kill.

Once the algae invades, it is very difficult to eradicate.


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