UPDATE: We contacted the Harbormaster who advised they noted the condition yesterday morning (May 21, 2012) and reported it to the US Coast Guard at 430am. When we contacted the Coast Guard, Tanya Altman advised that the Pollution Investigator looked into it and determined it to be soap which was dissipating. However, this does not seem to be the case and it is possible there are two separate incidents. Eye On Annapolis has forwarded the photos we were supplied to the Coast Guard for follow up.
The City of Annapolis has advised that the Harbormaster Office filed a report with the MDE and Coast Guard National Pollution Response Center as an immediate precaution and they are now in charge of the investigation. We have not been able to contact them at this time, but will update as soon as possible.
In the meantime, another reader sent these pictures fro Ego Alley this morning. Despite some people claiming it is a normal “Mahogany Tide”, these pictures seem to suggest otherwise.
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Our apologies for the duplicated word.
To your comment about an unsubstantiated statement, we merely said that the kill and the brown water was not a soap spill and that likely there were two incidents. We also saw photos of the soap discharge and it was very green and indeed dissipating as the Coast Guard advised.
Mistakes do happen. When we are made aware, we correct them. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
Having spoken with MDE the foam was not soap as originally suspected but a result of the algea bloom currently in the area. The dead fish were not believed to have been killed in the area, rather they were brought in with the currents. These fish could be from another algea bloom in the Marley Creek area that is causing an oxygen deficient enviroment for the fish or also possibly from commercial fishing activity.