Spartanburg Water, DNR working to restock Lake Bowen after fish kill


LAKE BOWEN (WSPA) – The water in Lake Bowen is filled with life again and an effort to restock the lake is underway.

It’s a joint effort by Spartanburg Water and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to replenish the lake after a massive fish fill earlier this year.

One hundred and twenty Bluegill fish were brought in to replenish the lake after 200,000 fish were killed last May.

The water utility estimates the loss of fish caused $100,000 in damage.

At the time, Spartanburg Water was trying to eliminate algae in the lake that they said could affect drinking water.

After outcry about the summer fish kill, Spartanburg Water offered to replenish the fish supply.

“We think it’s a great opportunity to show that we are working with the Department of Natural Resources and that we are able to replenish some of what was lost,” Chad Lawson, communications manager with Spartanburg Water, said.

Tuesday’s restocking was the first of many to come.

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