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Savannah Riverkeeper: Betty's Branch Fish Kill Caused by Lack of Oxygen

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Marci Cannon says early Saturday morning the Savannah Riverkeeper got a call from a fisherman telling them about hundreds of dead fish in Betty's Branch.

"There have been multiple species of fish that have died out here at Betty's Branch. Anything from bass, up to catfish," Cannon explains.

DNR was called in to test the water and fish. The Riverkeeper says right now they believe the kill has something to do with a lack of oxygen in the water.

And seeing hundreds of dead fish floating on top of the water is an unusual sight for the Savannah Riverkeeper as well as the many fishermen who frequent the Betty's Branch tributary.

Fishermen like Jesse Temmermend. He says he comes out to the branch several times a week to enjoy the scenery.

"But it don't look like it's looking too good there," he adds.

Temmermend says he's concerned about the conditions of the water and the fish putting a damper on his weekly outing.

He tells News Channel 6, "it really was a big turn to come out here in the first place and now it's like you might as well come out here at all cause you're wasting your time."

The Riverkeeper is also concerned and urges water lovers to take a common sense approach to the situation.

Cannon says, "the main thing that we want to stress right now is that nobody should eat the fish. If you catch a fish, even if it's alive, you do not want to eat any."

The Savannah Rivekeeper says the results for water tests should be back some time this week. We will update you here at News Channel 6 as we learn more information.

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