By STEVEN T. DENNIS
At least 500 fish, large and small, were found dead Friday morning in the Rush Run creek near the Washington County Sanitary Landfill on Resh Road west of Hagerstown.
Investigators from the Maryland Department of the Environment said they suspect that manure from a farm on Broadfording Road could have washed into the creek about a mile upstream from the landfill.
A leak of low-strength garbage runoff from one unlined landfill cell reported earlier this week was not involved in the fish kill, said Bill Limpert, an MDE district manager. But MDE has directed the landfill to test water upstream and downstream from the landfill to see if any of the leak has reached Rush Run.