PAULINA (AP) The Department of Natural Resources says a manure spill at a northwest Iowa dairy has likely caused the death of thousands of fish.
The DNR announced Monday that the spill at Summit Dairy near Paulina apparently happened Friday during a rainstorm. On Saturday, a citizen reported seeing dead fish in Mill Creek.
The DNR responded and dug a trench that redirected the manure to a field.
On Sunday, DNR staffers noted many dead fish, including suckers, minnows, darters, shiners, a few catfish and a few small largemouth bass.
The DNR says it’s likely the dead fish will number in the thousands along a one-mile stretch of an unnamed tributary and a five-mile-or-longer section of Mill Creek.
The DNR is continuing to investigate the incident.