State probing fish kill on water near Black Warrior River, I-22 project complete in Birmingham

Jun 20, 2016

A large number of dead fish were found at the top of the Black Warrior River this weekend. A-P-R  Student Reporter, Katie Willem has more…

State officials are investigating after dozens of dead fish were found at Mulberry Fork south of Jasper, which is near the William Crawford Gorgas power plant operated by Alabama Power.

Lance LeFleur is the director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. He says ADEM is collaborating with other organizations to figure out what happened…

“Our people are continuing to investigate it.  They’re taking samples and working with The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and others in the area, to try to zero in on what the cause of the fish kill might be.”

Alabama power is also participating in the investigation. As of right now it is unclear whether the fish kill is connected to the plant’s operations.

The last part of Interstate-22 connecting Birmingham to Memphis Tennessee is complete.

A ribbon cutting was held this morning by Jefferson County officials and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.  The Alabama Department of Transportation started developing I-22, formerly known as Corridor X in 1984.

The project is the biggest in ALDOT’s history, costing more than one billion dollars to complete. The final piece of road connecting I-22 to I-65 began in 2010, costing $168 million. 

It has a network of 14 bridges and ramps.  It intersects I-65 between Birmingham and Fultondale.

The Alzheimer’s Association in Alabama and the team Florida Panhandle is hosting their annual “Longest Day” events around the state.

The event got its name from the fact that today is the Summer Solstice, which is the longest day of the year. Supporters of this campaign will spend the day doing anything like planting flowers, going bowling, and holding silent auctions to raise money to help Alzheimer’s patients. 

Chapter spokeswoman Aimee Johnson says the event is meant bring families and their loved ones together to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s.

“June is Brain Awareness Month also known as BAM and so we are really working hard to make sure that people are talking about Alzheimer’s that they realize that it is the 6th leading cause of death in the nation and is the only one in the top ten that there is no prevention for.”

There are currently ten volunteer teams in the Birmingham area.