DNR unable to link fish kill to pollutant

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A recent press release from the DNR indicates that the cause of a Hamilton County fish kill could have been determined if the citizen who noticed the dead fish hadn’t waited a day before reporting it.

This fish kill was the smaller of the two reported by the Iowa Environmental Focus earlier this month. According to DNR estimates more than 33,000 fish were killed between the two incidents.

While it’s believed the fish kill resulted from a aerial-sprayed corn fungicide, their were no traces of this pollutant or any other by the time the stream was tested.

The DNR encourages immediate reporting of dead fish to their 24-hour spill line: 515-281-8694.

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