IOWA CITY, Iowa - Hundreds of dead fish will need to be removed from two ponds in the Idyllwild neighborhood in Iowa City. Kurt Kimmerling, president of the Idyllwild Homeowners' Association, sent an email to residents informing them of the situation Friday morning.
"I've never seen anything quite like this," Kimmerling said. "So we are going to take care of it as quickly as possible."
A long harsh winter has resulted in a sizable fish kill at ponds and lakes across Iowa. Every year dead fish are reported during the spring thaw, but Department of Natural Resource officers are expecting this year to be significant.
Kimmerling said the dead fish, some weighing up to 30 pounds, started to surface this week as the ice melted. They've already started producing an odor, so Kimmerling hopes to have them out as soon as possible.
"We've been in contact with the DNR," he said. "We'll have to get someone in here who can deal with this type of thing."
Similar scenes will likely play out at other neighborhood ponds across Eastern Iowa in the coming weeks.
Last week dozens of dead with were also seen floating at Coralville Lake as the ice continues to melt.