Dead fish line the banks of the Lower Saluda River. Photo courtesy Congaree Riverkeeper.
A spillway gate test by SCE&G appears to be responsible for killing and injuring many hundreds of blue-backed herring in the Lower Saluda on Wednesday, according to Bill Stangler of Congaree Riverkeeper, a conservation nonprofit.
Hundreds of the baitfish could be seen floating and washing ashore between Lexington County’s Hope Ferry Road Landing and I-20 on Wednesday afternoon.
Stangler said it remains to be seen whether anyone will be held accountable for the kill.
“There are policies in place that are supposed to prevent these things from happening,” he said. “[The Department of Natural Resources] may have the authority to issue something like a fine and make recommendations based on this. Their fisheries guys are still out investigating. This will certainly be a conversation the next time [stakeholders] all sit down together.”
Eric Boomhower, spokesman for SCE&G, said it was difficult to determine exactly what caused the fish kill, but that Wednesday’s spillway gate test shouldn’t be discounted. The spillway gates are used to control Lake Murray’s level and a single gate had been tested following maintenance work.
“I don’t know if there’s a way to avoid something like that when you manage the lake the way that we do,” Boomhower added.
For now, Stangler said, striped bass will enjoy a blue-backed buffet and rivergoers may have to endure the odor of fish rot for a few days. He also said that anglers need not worry, as the trout and stripers have plenty of food swimming around this time of year.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
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