DNR Hands Out Fines For Fish Kills

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has ordered penalties and restitution for two fish kills related to manure spills. The D-N-R ordered John Hoefler to pay 22-thousand-417 dollars in restitution for fish killed and a two-thousand dollar penalty for manure runoff in October from his dairy feedlot in Dubuque County near New Viena. A D-N-R investigator traced the manure release back to Hoefler’s operation after dead fish were noticed in Hewitt Creek near Dyersville. The D-N-R estimated some 62-thousand fish were killed. Hoefler was also ordered to implement a plan to prevent future runoff. The Raymond Forsyth Farms near Maynard in Fayette County was assessed 49-hundred dollars in restitution and a two-thousand dollar penalty. It was determined that manure from a building that was demolished in August of 2017 got into an unnamed tributary of the Little Volga River and killed an estimated 87-hundred fish.