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Illegal dumping kills fish at Lake Loretta

Judy Bowles, Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director Judy Bowles, Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Illegal dumping of paint residue kills fish in an Albany lake. Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful wants to get the word out to prevent it from happening again.

Paint residue killed nearly a dozen fish at Lake Loretta on Wednesday after it was poured into a storm water drainage. Now the person responsible for the pollution will face consequences.

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful Executive Director, Judy Bowles, says she received a phone call yesterday from a concerned resident near Lake Loretta about pollutants in the Lake.

"He said there was a light colored plume out in the lake and that there were some fish that were already dying from the plume,” said Judy Bowles.

The City Public Works, Engineering Department and Code Enforcement were able to trace back the pollutant as paint residue that was poured into a storm drainage near construction at the Sally Wetherbee Adoption Center off Dawson Road.

"Even though it's over there, when you put something in the drain it's going somewhere it didn't go away,” said Bowles.

The residue killed nearly a dozen fish. The city cited George Earl Harper Jr. with Harper Painting, who could face a number of different punishments.

"For abusing our environment like this would be a $1,000 fine,” said Bowles. “They could serve six months in jail and they could pay the cost to do the clean-up."

Bowles has teamed up with Miller Coors over the years putting out more than 4,000 four inch aluminum decals around the community that say "No Dumping, Drains to River."

"Some of them are treated before they are emptied and some of them are not treated, so whatever pollutants are in there are going into our water supply and they are going in there untreated,” said Bowles.

George Earl Harper Jr. will face a judge in Municipal Court on Jan 28th.

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