DNR Investigates Fish Kill Near Calmar in Winneshiek County
Posted: 04/25/2011

CALMAR - The DNR investigated a fish kill on a small feeder stream that runs to the Turkey River about 1.5 miles southeast of Calmar Monday.

The fish kill occurred when horizontal stop logs on a manure storage structure from a dairy failed Sunday. The owner, Gary Elsberend of Calmar, tried to stop manure from flowing into the stream.

He was unable to prevent manure from reaching the stream due to a combination of factors including heavy snowfall last week, runoff from snowmelt and the proximity of the storage area to the stream.

The DNR fisheries staff is at the scene conducting a fish kill evaluation. Early reports indicate the fish kill extended about three miles to where the stream enters the Turkey River. Minnows and chubs were affected, but no dead game fish have been found.

The DNR will continue to monitor the situation and consider enforcement action.

Staff encourage producers and the public to call the DNR's 24-hour spill line at 515.281.8694 or the sheriff's office during a fish kill or manure spill. DNR staffers are trained to respond, have helped in similar situations and may have suggestions on how to prevent damages.