Dry Spell Taking Toll on Missouri's Fish Population

APRIL 28, 2006 - Posted at 8:05 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - State biologists believe the weather, not pollution, is behind an unusually high number of fish dying in Missouri lakes and streams.

The Department of Conservation says the spring fish kills have occured throughout the state, in waterways of all kinds.

Unusually warm, dry spring weather has left water temperatures higher than normal and reservoirs lower than normal, especially in southwest Missouri.

The department says those conditions cause fish to be crowded in water whose quality is worse than usual.

Biologists say every species of fish has been affected, with most kills involving 50 to 100 fish.

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