Fish Kill Northeast Of Emmetsburg

The DNR has traced a small fish kill northeast of Emmetsburg to a manure release.


Following a call Monday to its Spencer field office, the DNR found a small number of dead chubs, minnows and crawfish in a tributary of Cylinder Creek.

An investigation traced the fish kill to a hog manure release, which reached the stream through a tile line. Jon Ehmen, the farm operator, had been pumping manure from a storage pit onto the ground periodically for a month to create more storage. He told the DNR he did not know there was a tile line nearby that could send the manure to the creek. Ehmen's brother, Paul Ehmen, owns the farm.

On Monday, the DNR also observed live fish in the stream. The DNR may consider possible enforcement action.

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