Wastewater Causes Fish Kill Near Altoona
Posted: 10/11/2011
ALTOONA – The DNR is investigating a fish kill following a wastewater release at a pumping station in the 1300 block of Eighth St. in Altoona.

City officials discovered the release Monday morning and think it began Oct. 8. An estimated 170,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was released.

DNR staff found dead and struggling fish along a 0.75 mile stretch of Mud Creek Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. The fish were mostly minnows, chubs and suckers with a few game fish. They also found elevated levels of ammonia in the same areas as the dead fish and for about two miles downstream. The creek runs southeast through Terrace Hills Golf Course on the east side of town.

DNR fisheries staff will be on site Tuesday.

The city began flushing and pumping wastewater out of a tributary to Mud Creek about 5:30 p.m. Monday. City workers are capturing the wastewater so it can be hauled to the wastewater collection system for treatment.   

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