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Iowa: Nearly 30,000 Fish Found Dead on the South Skunk River Near the Hamilton and Story County Line


“DES MOINES – A fish kill on the South Skunk River near the Hamilton and Story County line last week affected five miles of stream and killed an estimated 27,456 fish valued at $38,056.

According to Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials, the fish kill was traced back to a leaking outdoor concrete manure holding structure at a hog confinement northwest of Randall near Little Wall Lake and owned by Merlyn Hegland of Ellsworth.

More than half the fish killed were smaller minnow species, but more than 1,000 dead smallmouth bass were also included, according to officials. Other species included channel catfish, bullhead, bluegill and sunfish.

DNR officials said the agency has the authority to seek restitution for the cost of the fish killed and take additional enforcement action. The incident is still under investigation by the DNR.” Read more.

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