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Low oxygen levels result in thousands of dead fish in Illinois

HERRIN - Mayor Vic Ritter called it a "natural phenomenon." That's the expert opinion of state Department of Natural Resources field workers in Marion after inspecting the 60-acre Herrin City Lake No. 1 Friday, where a few thousand dead fish had floated to the top of the water from a lack of sufficient oxygen.

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Fish line the bank of Herrin City Lake No. 1 on Monday after a fish kill earlier in the week.

"There's no rhyme or reason for it," Ritter said. "That lake is a good lake, one of the best in the area. But this kind of fish kill has happened in Marion, Du Quoin and many other areas before."

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Drought Leaves Up to 2K Catfish Dead in North Carolina

State environmental officials found up to 2,000 dead catfish near the mouth of the Neuse River, and they believe the drought conditions may have caused the fish to go belly up.

The fish, found Monday in Upper Broad Creek near New Bern, likely died from excess exposure to salt water, said Susan Massengale, a spokeswoman with the state Division of Water Quality. Officials believe the saline water, aided by wind and low river levels, mixed into normally fresh water habitats.

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Humberto grew faster than any storm on record

Call it the instant hurricane. Humberto, which grew faster than any storm on record from tropical depression to full-scale hurricane landfall, surprised the Texas-Louisiana coast early Thursday with 85-mph winds and heavy rain that knocked out power to more than 100,000 and left at least one person dead.

Meteorologists were at a loss to explain the rapid, 16-hour genesis of the first hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005.

"Before Humberto developed, you looked at the satellite imagery the day before, and there was virtually nothing there.
This really spun up out of thin air, very, very quickly, said National Hurricane Center specialist James Franklin in Miami. "We've never had any tropical cyclone go from where Humberto was to where Humberto got."

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'Nearly 275,000' affected by floods in little-known Ghana disaster

Government figures indicate that in northern Ghana flooding has affected more people than in all other West African countries combined, yet the disaster has received little international attention compared to floods elsewhere in the region.


The government's National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) says floods have affected close to 275,000 people in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions of the country. Parts of the Western Region have also seen flooding. Most of the affected people are displaced, although some are still living in what is left of their homes.

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Algal bloom proves persistent in New Zealand

The algal bloom that tarnished Virginia Lake earlier this year refuses to go away.

Scientists expected the blue-green algae would die out in the chill winter, but not so.

Barry Gilliland, Horizons Regional Council's water quality leader, said latest sampling from the lake had shown a rapid increase in the algal cell count in the lake.


Nine cows die after drinking from Delmoe Lake in Montana, algae suspected...

Nine cows died after drinking from Delmoe Lake, a popular recreational lake east of Butte.

A witness reported watching two of the cows drink water from the lake, then walk just a few feet before falling over dead. This has prompted a warning for people to stay out of Delmoe Lake.

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Dry summer, disease proving deadly for deer in Illinois

The first reports filtered in late last month, about the time deer hunters began trimming shooting lanes and servicing tree stands for the upcoming season.

Hunters and farmers in Southern Illinois began finding dead deer on their property. Others observed sickly looking whitetails with bloodshot eyes, drooling excessively and walking around emaciated in a shocklike state.

Tom Micetich knew exactly what the culprit was: Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD, an often-fatal disease that hits deer herds hard during excessively dry summers with limited rainfall, like the one the region is just completing.

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Virus may have killed over 1,000 deer in Pennsylvania

An insect-borne virus may have killed more than 1,000 deer in southwestern Pennsylvania this year, and officials said it appears to have struck earlier and wider than previously.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Tuesday that epizootic hemorrhagic disease has been confirmed in a third Pennsylvania county, Beaver, and tests are being performed to see if it has reached Allegheny, Cambria or Westmoreland counties.

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Thousands of wild salmon in Scotland are infected with 'bleeding' parasite

Thousands of wild Atlantic salmon returning to Scotland's rivers have been infected by a mysterious parasite which has left them with bleeding wounds.

The Fisheries Research Service (FRS) in Scotland has revealed that evidence of the infection has been found in salmon in more than 50 rivers across the country.

The unprecedented infection is also widespread in England, Wales and Ireland.


Mysterious Blobs At Lake Grapevine


Texas - Many people in Grapevine are wondering what to make of strange blobs at Lake Grapevine.

The Vineyards Camp Grounds have been closed due to recent heavy rains, but now Lake Grapevine has visitors popping and oozing up all over the place.