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Jan 1, 2015

04:41:04 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: BH-20150101-46512-USA

Date / time: 01/01/2015 04:39:07 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Florida

Location: [Turkey Creek]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A



Description:



Thousands of fish and animals are dying in a local waterway, and longtime residents say it's not just an ordinary fish kill. Turkey Creek in Palm Bay is known for its clean, fresh water. It flows into the Indian River Lagoon downstream, and it's there in the lagoon where most fish kills happen, not in the creek. Chris Jones grew up along Turkey Creek. "You can get out and be in old Florida, natural Florida, the way it was hundreds of years ago before people were here," said Jones. But now, catfish have been dying for weeks. People have reported dead animals including an alligator and some raccoons and turtles. They've taken pictures of a film on the water. "I've never seen catfish or any fish die off to this extent," said Jones. "It's quite upsetting because I've been here since '73, and the waters were much better," said John Mongioi. Palm Bay Public Works employees checked the water for dissolved oxygen but said so far levels look normal. The city sewage plant spilled effluent into the creek in September. It seems unlikely that could still be having an effect. It's an unnerving mystery.




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