State environmental investigators have identified the source of a fish kill earlier this month in Fairfield that left over seven-thousand fish dead. The Golden Furrow Fertilizer Incorporated plant near Fairfield will be issued a notice of violation following the fish kill that impacted a stretch of Crow Creek and an unnamed tributary that run through the city.
The state will also seek restitution for the fish killed. The investigation led to a drainage pipe on the Golden Furrow property, which drained to the tributary and eventually the creek. Reports indicated dead fish were observed below the drainage pipe, but none were found above.
Water samples showed ammonia readings of 130 parts per million, a level toxic to fish. Smaller levels of various herbicide and pesticide chemicals were also detected in samples.