Five Years After Major Fish Kill, Wildlife And People Return To Ogeechee River

May 31, 2016

About 38,000 fish were found dead in a 70-mile stretch of the Ogeechee in 2011. It led state regulators to warn against swimming over Memorial Day weekend that year.

Now, Department of Natural Resources officials tell the Savannah Morning News that several rainy years have helped the river bounce back. Strong red breast, blue gill, and largemouth bass populations have returned, as have anglers and paddlers on the river. 

State regulators blamed a bacterial infection for the fish kill, but also fined textile processor King America Finishing for illegally discharging waste into the river.

The Ogeechee Riverkeeper and private landowners sued the company as well.