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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Conewago Chemical Spill: No impact?!?

Conewago: "At the rapids"
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The folks at our DEP never cease to dumbfound me.
"So far, more than 21 miles of aquatic life have been destroyed, according to the commission, but the DEP said the contaminated water is not expected to have a negative impact on the wildlife in the Susquehanna."
For those that haven't ben following what's happening in the lower Susquehanna River watershed, take a few minutes to read this.
"At least 10,000 fish have been killed in a section of the Conewago Creek near the location of a massive chemical-plant fire in Adams County, according to two state spokesmen, and the public is being warned not to be on or in the water."
So imagine my reaction when this headline hit yesterday.
21 miles of aquatic life destroyed.
10,000+ fish killed.
No visible impact, eh? 
Hang loose for a little. In nature, things take time.

Gee...I wonder how the bottom of the food chain in the Susquehanna River downstream of Conewago Creek is faring right about now?
Susquehanna Artwork by Paul Barretto in 1998

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