DEQ investigates sewage spill into Deep Fork River

Thursday, September 7th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Okmulgee-AP-- Partially treated sewage released into the Deep Fork of the Canadian River near Okmulgee could pose a threat to human health.

That's according to Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Michael Dean.

The discharge is believed to contain a combination of partially treated and untreated sewage.

Dean says it came from Okmulgee's wastewater treatment plant, which has a history of violations.

D-E-Q officials found thousands of dead fish south of Okmulgee.

A D-E-Q specialist says the spill stretched yesterday from about five miles upstream of U-S 75 to about two miles downstream of the highway. Ronnie W. Brison the Second says there's an indication the sludge is still being released into the river.

Neither the city manager or city attorney could be reached for comment today.

Dean says residents along the Deep Fork are encouraged not to fish or swim in the water or to allow their cattle to drink the water.