Second southeast Iowa fish kill in a week likely caused by crop spraying

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YARMOUTH, Iowa (AP) — Environmental specialists and fisheries biologists from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are investigating a second fish kill in a week in southeast Iowa likely caused by aerial spraying of crop fields.

A fish kill near the headwaters of Big Creek about a mile west of Yarmouth includes several species of dead and stressed catfish, bullheads, bass, suckers and creek chubs. Dead fish were observed about a half mile downstream late Wednesday morning.

Late last week a fish kill was reported on Cedar Fork Creek about five miles to the east near Mediapolis. More than 53,500 fish valued at more than $8,000 were killed along a 7-mile section of the creek.

The DNR says an investigation is continuing to determine the responsible parties.