LeTort Spring Run

More than 200 trout were found dead in LeTort Spring Run at the Carlisle Barracks on July 31.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has informed the Carlisle Barracks that no Carlisle Barracks Garrison or U.S. Army War College activity is the source of a recent fish kill in the LeTort Spring Run, according to a Wednesday afternoon post on the Carlisle Barracks Garrison Commander Facebook page.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s investigations into the fish kill that occurred in LeTort Spring Run on July 31, are ongoing,” the post said.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission received a report of a fish kill in the nationally recognized wild trout stream around 10 a.m. July 31. A waterways conservation officer found 200 to 250 dead trout and about 100 small fish. A chemical odor was also detected.

The deaths were contained to an area that began in the right fork of the LeTort where it passes through the Carlisle Barracks in North Middleton Township and continued downstream several hundred yards to about 150 yards beyond Post Road.

Depending on the results of the investigation, the Fish and Boat Commission could levy penalties against the polluter and could seek restitution for the value of the lost fish.

The Facebook post from Barracks garrison commander Lt. Col. Courtney Short also said barracks officials are continuing to investigate what caused its fire department’s equipment to register a reading on Aug. 5 that led to a ban on the use of water at the facility for more than a day.

The post said updates will be provided as the investigation continues.

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Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.