Fish kill cleanup begins along Peconic River

After receiving dozens of calls from concerned residents, Supervisor Sean Walter says the town will hire a professional fisherman to remove the dead fish using giant nets. Walter says the clean-up will begin Wednesday and is expected to cost up to $20,000.

After receiving dozens of calls from concerned residents, Supervisor Sean Walter says the town will hire a professional fisherman to remove the dead fish using giant nets. Walter says the clean-up will begin Wednesday and is expected to cost up to $20,000. (6/17/15)

RIVERHEAD - The removal of tens of thousands of dead fish from the water in Riverhead has started.

The town has hired a professional fisherman who will remove the dead fish that surfaced along the Peconic River by using giant nets. This is the second major fish kill in two weeks. 

Officials are blaming poor oxygen levels in the water and an increased algae bloom. 

The cleanup could cost about $20,000. 

The town supervisor says he hopes the state will help with the costs. 

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