Pearl River recovering from chemical spill

By on March 6, 2012

The Pearl River in Louisiana is recovering from a 2011 chemical spill that turned the river black and killed thousands of fish, according to a report from the Times-Picayune.

A Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stocking initiative has catfish and bluegill swimming in the river again. The agency plans further stocking and a monitoring project to track fish survival and says the water quality has recovered.

The paper mill responsible for the spill must upgrade its equipment and will likely face a fine pending the results of an official investigation.


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Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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