DNR: Iowa manure spills kills thousands of fish

Associated Press

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.

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