Update 2022-09-25: High E. coli near One Mile Branch fish kill, and maybe fuel spill 2022-09-23.
Scotti Jay says, “I’m glad my dog doesn’t like to get in the water.”
The One Mile Branch water full of dead fish from Oak Street at VSU down to West Gordon Street and Sugar Creek in Remerton. Sugar Creek goes on down to the Withlacoochee River.
A sewage bypass pipe starts just downstream (west) of Patterson Street and ends near the VSU practice football field west of Oak Street, near where the dead fish start. Such equipment could only have been put there by Valdosta Utilities or its contractors.
I saw such equipment at Patterson Street after The Happening on August 30th. Which makes me wonder how long this fish kill has been going on.
There are no signs and no lime anywhere along the sewage bypass. There is fresh dirt between the bottom manhole and the creek. No dead fish were found upstream of that work site.
Valdosta’s Azalea City Trail for walkers and bikers runs right next to One Mile Branch.
Scotti says, “I’ve never seen a spill kill so many fish.”
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®