The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has totaled up the fish killed from that manure spill May 24th near Estherville. D-N-R spokesman Ross Harrison says nearly 33-thousand-500 fish were killed in Brown Creek and the West Fork of the Des Moines River.He says many of the dead fish were minnows and chubs, but there were some northern pike, walleyes and catfish killed. He says the pike, walleyes and catfish are more prized by anglers, but the death of the others is just as significant.The manure came from a broken pipe on the John Greig farm. Harrison says Greig will have to pay nine thousand dollars to replace the fish. He says Greig did take action to dam up the spill, and that was a big help in holding down the damage in the Des Moines River.He says it wasn’t a total kill, so the river should recover faster. Harrison says this spill is a lesson in the importance of quick reaction when there’s a spill.He says prompt action is important, and anyone discovering a spill should call the D-N-R as soon as possible. Greig still faces possible fines for the spill.
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