Fish killed in pier blast
April 08, 2013, 6:45 pm by Adam Troxtell
The blast of two concrete piers last Friday by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) contractors that demolished the last of the old US 281 bridge resulted in the deaths of about 800 fish, Texas Parks and Wildlife Spills and Kills Team reports.
About 50 percent of the reported 798 fish killed were bluegill and sunfish, while the casualty list also includes channel catfish and big mouth bass, Alan Butler, pollution biologist with the Kills and Spills Team, said. TPWD can now seek restitution for the loss, which can be done by having general contractor Archer Western and subcontractors affiliated to the blast pay to have the lake restocked or by calculating the value of the fish killed.
"We’ll review that and determine the total monetary value of the individual species, and that is based on commercial value, recreational value, economic value, and other factors,” Butler said. "They could restock the lake, or that money could be collected and go into the TPWD general fund for people to use to enhance habitats.”
Kellie Reyna, TxDOT public information officer, said she did not want to issue a comment until a complete report was made available to the state agency.
For the full story, see Friday's Highlander.
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