Cedar Rapids Reimbursing State for Fish Kill

Brad Mullin of Cedar Rapids, a member of the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association, casts for trout in McLoud Run just north of J Avenue in NE Cedar Rapids on Thursday, November 2, 2006. McLoud Run is Iowa's only urban trout stream, supporting brown, rainbow and brook trout and is open all year to catch and release fishing.

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By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Water Division is reimbursing the State of Iowa $8,470 for fish killed after two water main breaks near the McLoud Run. Officials say too much chlorine got into the stream, killing the fish.

“The loss of fish in this stream is regrettable. The Cedar Rapids Water Division cares about maintaining and protecting our natural resources and our staff is continually investigating and implementing procedures in response to water main breaks near McLoud Run that might limit future disruption to sensitive species of fish and this unique habitat,” Steve Hershner, Cedar Rapids Utilities Director said.

The Cedar Rapids Water Division will also contribute $1,500 to the Linn County Conservation Board (LCCB) to support a supplemental environmental project.

Water main breaks happen throughout the 675 miles of piping that deliver drinking water to Cedar Rapids customers. While the breaks are inevitable the city says it's working to deal with them quickly and protect McLoud Run.

McLoud Run is a unique community resource as Iowa’s only urban trout stream. The wooded stream is fed from natural springs, making the water cold enough to support trout. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) stocks McLoud Run with trout periodically.


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