The untreated sewage entered South Buffalo Creek in the Cape Fear River Basin before flowing into the Haw River.
The Haw River Assembly reported the fish kill to the state Division of Water Quality (DWQ), which is investigating the sewage spill. DWQ did find dead fish in Reedy Fork and the Haw River. Chiosso says paddlers on the river near Burlington have seen dead fish and reported the smell of fish decomposing.
This time of year, the Haw River is ideal for swimming, fishing, wading, kayaking and tubing. Chiosso cautions those looking to cool off stay out of the water to avoid contamination if they see dead fish or smell unusually bad odors.