Gasper River

Kentucky Afield

State environmental officials have tracked down the cause of a recent fish kill in southern Kentucky to a cattle feed lot in Logan County. 

The state Division of Water found low oxygen and high levels of E-coli in water samples from the Gasper River and Clear Fork Creek when the fish kill occurred in late May. 

During the initial investigation, officials said thousands of fish died along 16 miles of waterways in Warren County - 11 miles in Clear Fork Creek and five miles in the Gasper River, which runs into the Barren River. That investigation by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is continuing and a final count of fish deaths has not been determined. 


Kentucky Afield

State officials are closer to learning the cause of a massive fish kill in the Gasper River in south central Kentucky.

Investigators previously found decreased oxygen levels in the water following the near-total fish kill that occurred over the Memorial Day weekend.  Now, water samples have revealed levels of nutrients and E.coli. 

Robin Hartman, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, says several factors could have contributed to the drop in oxygen.