The Ashville Citizen Times is reporting that a spill resulting from the clean up of a former paper mill has killed thousands of fish in the Davidson River. Reports are that the fish kill occurred in the lower parts of the river and and included a section of private water operated by Davidson River Outfitters.
From the Citizen Times Report:
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Friday the liquid came from the Ecusta Mill, where engineers tried to discharge waste into a treatment basin. Thousands of minnows, suckers and trout died when the sewer breach sent the waste into the river instead. An official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the spill doesn't pose any danger to public water supplies.
The latest word is that officials have cleared the river for recreational use and that the owners of the mill are working with the land owners to remediate the river and its trout population.