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Hog confinement blamed for Buchanan County fish kill

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says pollution from a hog confinement is to blame for a fish kill in a Buchanan County creek.

DNR staff says they traced manure that ended up in the West Branch of Pine Creek back to Jim Frye's hog confinement which is located about three miles south of Stanley near the Buchanan County line.

The DNR says Frye’s below-building pits overflowed, causing manure to get into an underground tile line that flows into the creek.

“This is a good reminder for livestock farmers,” Sue Miller, DNR environmental specialist said in a written statement. “Pits are getting full this time of year, and producers should check the levels frequently and make sure there is no discharge.”

Dead fish, mostly chubs and minnows, were found along about two miles of the stream. Some suckers and smallmouth bass were also found dead. DNR biologists are conducting a fish count.

Frye has stopped the overflow and is working to keep more manure from reaching the tile line.

The DNR is considering enforcement action which could include restitution for the dead fish.

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