Water testing underway after hundreds of dead fish found in Baltimore harbor
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Environmentalists are testing the water between Fells Point and Canton after hundreds of dead fish were found floating in the Harbor.
According to the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, the fish were found deceased following anoxic conditions in the Harbor during summer algae bloom.
“Each summer, we monitor the Harbor for water-quality and observe persistent algae blooms, which result from nutrients in the large quantities of sewage and stormwater that pollute Baltimore's waterways,” the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper explained. “Over the past several weeks, we observed that the persistent algae bloom had flared substantially. Now that large quantities of the algae have died it is decomposed by bacteria that rapidly remove oxygen from the water.”
On Wednesday the group said it recorded “near-zero” oxygen levels in the harbor near Canton.
Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, a program of Blue Water Baltimore, patrols the harbor and takes calls on the pollution hotline to protect and restore Baltimore waterways.
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