Extent and cause of kill not yet known

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 04:53 PM.

Paxson’s staff has been cut from nine to three in the last two years, including four staff members who used to work on the Neuse River. With the cuts, she said the office’s ability to respond quickly to fish kills has also been cut. Officials rely on the public to report fish kills quickly so testing can begin right away.

“It’s very important that we get there as soon as possible because water conditions are so variable, especially in an estuarine environment,” Paxson said.

To report a fish kill, call the Neuse River Foundation at 637-7979 or the N.C. Division of Water Quality at 948-3999. 

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