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More than a decade after chemical spill, White River has recovered

January 20, 2012 at 01:13 PM

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The White River in central Indiana has received its cleanest bill of health since a major fish kill in 1999.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that biologists collected more than 7,000 fish from 57 species between Anderson and Indianapolis during a fall survey, the greatest number since the fish kill. The DNR says the survey shows that the river has recovered.

The DNR says game species such as black bass and channel catfish also have recovered, and the survey also noted other wildlife such as bald eagles, blue heron and foxes.

An estimated 4.3 million fish died in December 1999 between Anderson and Indianapolis after a chemical release from Anderson auto parts maker Guide Corp.

A $6 million settlement was used to restore the river.

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