DNR Conducts Fish Kill At Black Hawk Lake
(Lake View) -- In an effort to improve the water quality at Black Hawk Lake, near Lake View, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is purposely killing all the fish within the lake. DNR officials were applying a fish toxicant rotenone to kill all remaining fish within the Sac County lake. Ben Wallace serves as the DNR's Fisheries Management Biologist and explains why the DNR is taking the action to kill the fish.
Wallace says it will be a couple of years before anglers will have the opportunity to fish at Black Hawk Lake, but he says the fishing should be better. He talks about the type of fish that will be restocked in Black Hawk.
Will the actions of the D-N-R hurt the tourism trade this summer to Black Hawk Lake? Wallace says the lake is still popular for recreational purposes, and believes people will still come to the lake.
The D-N-R fish biologist says the toxin will dissipate by next spring. He also says it will not harm birds or animals.
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