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Hot weather blamed for Iowa fish kill

July 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — State officials say hot weather and no rain are probably to blame for a fish kill in Swan Lake near North Liberty in eastern Iowa.

The Gazette (http://bit.ly/OEjdOq ) says hundreds of dead fish were floating in the lake on Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources suspects it happened Monday night.

Fishery biologist Paul Sleeper says the fish likely died because of low oxygen levels in the water because of the extreme temperatures and low water levels in the marsh.

Sleeper says Swan Lake doesn’t naturally inhabit fish, and the large fish floating at the surface, including grass carp and bullheads, probably entered the lake during the 2008 floods or from people dumping fish into the marsh.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazetteonline.com/


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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