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Advisories issued for Ogeechee River

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EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Just days after the one-year anniversary of a large fish kill in Screven County, more dead fish have been pulled from the Ogeechee River.

The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that a total of 10 dead fish have been collected from two different locations, near Highway 301 and near Highway 24.

Tim Barrett, of the DNR, said dead fish are not uncommon at this time of year and that people shouldn't panic. But anytime dead fish turn up in the water, it could be a cause for concern.

As of Thursday afternoon, the DNR was not telling people to stay out of the water, but the Bulloch County Public Safety Division will be posting a fishing and swimming advisory.  The Effingham County Emergency Management Agency has issued a similar advisory.

 Those advisories will remain in place until further notice.

The Bulloch County Public Safety Division posted this notice: There is a swimming and fishing advisory in the Ogeechee River. The EPD is currently conducting tests on tissue samples of dead fish. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

The Effingham County Emergency Management Agency urged the community to use caution around the river. The advisory warned that the Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Auburn University are investigating a small handful of dead fish around the Hwy 301 and Hwy 24 crossover. The agency expects those test results back by the end of the weekend, according to a news release.

Anyone observing dead fish in the Ogeechee River is urged to call the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency at 912.754.8200 or email at eema@effinghamcounty.org.

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