At least 16-thousand fish were killed in a fertilizer spill in northeastern Iowa this week, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The fish kill stretches along seven-point-three miles of Feddeke Creek, a tributary to the West Fork of the Cedar River in Butler County. D-N-R spokesman Mick Klemesrud says Allison Ag Center is to blame. Minnows, white suckers, darters and carp suckers were killed, valued at more than two thousand dollars. He says the state will pursue restitution against Allison Ag for the spill. Klemesrud says the spill is not expected to effect any more of the creek, nor the Cedar River. Klemesrud says it’s believed the high winds on Monday snapped off a gauge on a liquid nitrogen tank, releasing about 81-hundred gallons of the fertilizer.
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