DNR finds source of fish kill in Howard County

Riceville, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it has traced a September 28th fish kill on a tributary of the Wapsipinicon River south of Riceville in Howard County to an energy plant. D-N-R spokesman Chris Gelner says waste from Big Ox Energy run by Trent Linkenmeyer is believed to be the source of the high ammonia levels that caused the fish kill.

He says the plant turns waste into energy.

Gelner says the byproduct of the process is liquid fertilizer and solids, which have to be properly handled.

Gelner says Linkenmeyer faces a fine and restitution.

Gelner says they report on the number of fish killed has not yet been completed. There were live fish found above where the material had been applied, and dead fish below.

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Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki and a daughter Brynlee.