Sea dye marker cause of neon green spot in Mississinewa River
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ALBANY, IN - Florescent sea dye marker was the cause of that big neon green spot in Mississinewa River found by public safety and natural resources officers Sunday morning.
Local authorities got calls before noon Sunday of a green spot in the river near the Gregory Road bridge. An investigation found someone had dropped dye markers in the river that turned the water neon green.
Jason Rogers, Delaware County Emergency Management Agency director, said a state natural resources officer retrieved the markers and was following up with an investigation along with emergency management and environmental protection officials.
The dye markers are used to mark water for rescue operations and can be attached to a life vest or emergency buoy. The neon green color had been seen for a mile or more from the air and is usually harmless to aquatic life or wildlife.
The green spot had only move a quarter mile by early afternoon, and there was no sign that it impacted fish or wildlife in the area. Rogers said the color was beginning to fade and there was no other indication of an environmental impact.
Local and state authorities continue to investigate who threw the dye packs in the river.