Iowa DNR
Iowa DNR Fish Kill Database

Fish Kill Event - Long Dick Creek

2 mi NE of Randall

Event ID
599
Date of Kill
4/19/2004
Waterbody Type
River/Stream
Cause Origin
Anthropogenic
Cause
Animal Waste
Mode
Spill
Animal Waste Source
Land-Applied
Animal Type
Unknown/Unspecified
Approx Head
Unknown/Unspecified
Magnitude
1 (1 - 100 fish killed)
Estimated Fish Killed
15
Kill Length
not enumerated
County
Hamilton
ESD Field Office
FO 2
Fisheries Office
Clear Lake Station
LongDD
-93.52188
LatDD
42.25206
Created Date
5/3/2004 12:00:00 AM
Last Update
3/14/2019 3:21:43 PM
For more information about this fish kill event, contact the Field Office or Fisheries Office listed above.
Impacted Assessment Segments
Lat/Long uses WGS84 datum
Onsite Comments

Commercial applicator dumped about 3,000 gallons of manure Monday afternoon after he became stuck in a field roughly three miles northeast of Randall. Releasing the manure helped him free his equipment, but the manure reached a broken tile line at the end of the field.

An unknown amount of manure reached Long Dick Creek which flows into the Skunk River about two miles south of Story City. Applicator acted quickly to place dams in front of the tile line break and below the tile line to block manure coming out of the line from reaching the creek. The dams were in place by the time the DNR reached the scene. Applicator had pumped manure from behind the dams into a honey wagon. He also flushed contamination out of the tile line with about 1600 gallons of clean water.

Clay Swanson, environmental specialist from the DNR Mason City field office, found approximately 15 dead minnows near the discharge point, but none further downstream. Field tests Monday night showed slightly elevated ammonia levels in the flush water from the tile line.

No further fish kill count is planned at this time due to the incidental amount of dead fish observed on the scene. The DNR will continue to monitor the site and will take appropriate legal action.