Coralville Lake Corps Officials Trying To Deal With Dead Fish

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake are trying to figure out what to do with hundreds of dead fish that have washed up on a popular beach.

"It's something we are aware of and we will deal with it," said Dee Goldman, operations manager at the lake.

The fish were killed off this winter by heavy ice and poor water conditions created by the harsh weather. Goldman said some park rangers have made an effort to clean up, but there are so many fish it requires a big group.

"Maybe it's something we can coordinate with our Earth Day [clean-up]," Goldman said. "Certainly volunteers could help us with that."

The fish need to be hauled to the landfill. Some fish weigh between 40 and 50 pounds, and others have started to decay.

Turkey vultures have moved into the area to begin feasting on the fish. Many have plucked out eyeballs and torn away scales.

"We won't be able to clean them up all around the lake, but we want to get them off the beach," said Goldman.

The fish have also started to smell, which is adding urgency to the clean-up planning.
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