Fort Worth Fined for Wastewater Fish Kill

By Shane Allen
|  Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM CDT
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Fort Worth Fined for Wastewater Fish Kill

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Illinois officials dumped 2,200 gallons of poison into the Sanitary and Shipping canal Wednesday night in an attempt to kill the destructive Asian Carp. The rotenone poison succeeded in killing fish, however, only one was a carp.

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The City of Fort Worth has to pay a $7,550 penalty for a wastewater spill that flowed into Little Fossil Creek, killing about 400 fish, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality documents show.

About 72,000 gallons of raw wastewater was discharged into the creek last September after a sewage line collapsed during heavy rains in the area.

The break was near the 2500 block of Cantrell Samson Road in Fort Worth.

"Because of the large volume of rain we had during the days prior to this, the sewage was heavily diluted," Fort Worth Water Department public education program coordinator Mary L. Gugliuzza said in a telephone interview Tuesday.

The fine to the city of Fort Worth will go to the Keep Texas Beautiful program, which is a non-profit that seeks to engage Texans in areas of litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction.

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