- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - Officials are investigating two fish kills in northwest Iowa.

The state Department of Natural Resources says it’s looking into a fish kill reported Monday along Stoney Creek northwest of Spencer in Clay County. The fish kill runs about 20 miles, though additional information about affected fish was not released.

Officials have not identified the source of the fish kill but believe it was caused by fertilizer or animal manure because of elevated ammonia levels.

A second fish kill was reported Saturday near Meridan in Cherokee County, after a fisherman spotted hundreds of dead chubs and minnows. Officials say testing showed relatively good water quality with low levels of ammonia. They speculate the incident was caused by something that washed into the stream following rainfall over the weekend.


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