Fish kill and orange water in Cheslea Creek


Photo by eutrophication&hypoxia, Flickr.

A fish kill is being investigated in Cheslea Creek near Mason City. The fish kill was discovered after the Iowa Department of Natural Resources received reports that the water in Cheslea Creek had turned orange.

This discoloration was traced to the Golden Grain Energy facility, which releases cooling water into the creek. It’s believed that excess sulfuric acid was added to the cooling water system, causing rust within the pipes to drain into the creek.

The Iowa DNR is still determining penalties for Golden Grain.

Read more here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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