Clayton County, Iowa - September 11, 2014 - A fish kill in Buck Creek discovered Sept. 3 has been traced to Adams Dairy, operated by T. J. and Vicky Kolker of Garnavillo.
Manure from the dairy was applied too close to a waterway, according to DNR inspectors. Runoff from the manure entered Buck Creek and flowed five miles through the county park where DNR discovered the fish kill Sept.3 while stocking trout.
DNR fisheries biologists report that 36,350 fish were killed, mostly minnows, shiners, chubs and dace (15,975). The runoff killed one brook trout, 91 rainbow trout and 1,172 brown trout. The fish killed are valued at $26,023.35 with investigation costs of $1,147.51.
The DNR will pursue enforcement actions and fish restitution of $27,170.86.