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03/02/2015 @ 06:29 PM

Manure Spills & Fish Kills


The counting has begun. Another manure spill fish kill in Iowa, and officials are beginning to tally up the number and type of dead fish. This lastest spill occurred near Estherville on Friday near Brown Creek, a tributary to the West Fork of the Des Moines River.

The initial report came as a crisis averted by quick thinking and hard work. By Sunday, the story changed, when dead fish began to show up in the West Fork 22 miles downstream. You can read about the spill in Farmer's second spill spreads downstream from The Des Moines Register.

The Register's intial story on the spill ran on Saturday, Quick action curbs huge spill. The Register also carried a companion story, Buffalo Creek took years to recover from spill on the site of the state's worst animal manure related fish kill.

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More in Monday\'s Register
Authored by: Driftless on 05/27/2002 @ 01:10 AM
Today the Register is reporting that it will be some time before anyone will know what caused the manure spill. Details in Dams hide manure spill's cause.
Shut him down!!!!
Authored by: horst on 05/27/2002 @ 10:17 PM
I live about 12 miles from the Des moines river where it goes through Emmettsburg, and it used to be my favorite catfish river.I havent fished it in two years now.In my opinion the river never recovered from this guys first spill to anywhere near the quality of fishing we had in it.Now hes had his second spill in four years.Guesse maybe in another 10 years or so Ill try the river again.

These spills seem to be happening quite frequently lately but you never hear nothing more about them after a couple days.Why is that?If I took a shocking device and wiped out 25 miles of river Id be in prison, lose my hunting/fishing rights, have a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and be in every tv show, newspaper, and magizine till my trial was over.Why, cause its against the law to kill that many fish.So why do these guys get what amounts to a slap on the wrist and then go right back to business as usual??

I dont care what he tried to avoid, how much he spent trying to stop it, or if he loses his whole dam farm.If youve never seen the aftermath of one of these manure spills its not pretty.Carp, walleye, northern, catfish by the hundreds laying dead on the banks as far down the river as you can see.I say shut his whole operation down, hes had his second chance.
Register Readers Sound Off On Spill
Authored by: Driftless on 06/05/2002 @ 11:21 AM
Here are some Letters to the Editor about the manure spill.
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