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Thousands of dead fish discovered in North River

Thousands of dead fish discovered in North River


BARRY: FRANKLIN COUNTY RESIDENTS DISCOVERED COUNTLESS DEAD FISH ALONG THE NORTH RIVER THIS WEEKEND. PEOPLE WHO LIVE ALONG THE RIVER TOLD 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. I SAW DEAD FISH, A DEAD TROUT, ITS HEARTBREAKING. THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF DEAD FISH LINING THE BANKS OF THE NORTH RIVER IN COLRAIN AND SHELBURNE. SHELBURNE RESIDENT ERIC HALLORAN LIVES RIGHT NEXT TO THE RIVER. HE TOLD 22NEWS HE FIRST NOTICED THE DEAD FISH ON SUNDAY. ERIC HALLORAN: SHELBURNE, DEERFIELD RIVER WATERSHED TROUT UNLIMITTED CHAPTER VICE PRESDIENT YOU CAN SEE A HUNDRED RIGHT DOWN NEXT TO MY HOUSE, WHEN I WENT UP THE RIVER TRYING TO FIND THE SOURCE WAS AND I JUST KEPT SEEING HUNDREDS MORE AND HUNDREDS MORE. HALLORAN TOLD 22NEWS THIS REMINDED HIM OF AN ACID SPILL THAT KILLED THOUSANDS OF FISH IN THE NORTH RIVER 20 YEARS AGO. THE NORTH RIVER IS POPULAR AMONG FISHERMEN AND SWIMMERS. AND NOW THERE ARE CONCERNS THE WATER MIGHT NOT BE SAFE FOR SWIMMING. CHRIS JACKSON: FLY FISHING GUIDE THIS IS A RESOURCE THAT LOCAL PEOPLE USE AND PEOPEL VISITIGN USE AND ALSO AS GUIDES WE USE THIS RESOURCE. ITS HEARTBREAKING. THIS HAPPENED ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO, HERE WE ARE 20 YEARS LATER AND ITS KIND OF THE SAME SCENARIO. MIKE MASCIADRELLI: SHELBURNE PEOPLE COME TO THE NORTH RIVER IN SHELBURNE AND COLRAIN FOR SWIMMING AND FISHING. HALLORAN SAID THE RIVER IS MADE UP OF MOSTLY TROUT BUT THERE ARE ALSO LONG NOSE SUCKERS WHICH IS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. 22NEWS CONTACTED THE MASSACHUSTETTS DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION TO FIND OUT WHAT MAY HAVE KILLED THE FISH. BUT MASSDEP SPOKE WITH THE GREENFIELD RECORDER WHO SAID A SULPHURIC ACID LEAK CAUSED THE FISH-KILL IN THE NORTH RIVER WE’LL LET YOU KNOW AS SOON AS WE HEAR BACK FROM THEM, AND WHETHER THE WATER’S SAFE. IN SHELBURNE, MM, 22NEWS.

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