Reservoir Clean-Up Could Lead to Fish Kill

AUGUST 1, 2006 - Posted at 5:19 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The clean up effort after the Taum Sauk reservoir failure could make some fish go belly up.

The Department of Natural Resources says fish are likely to die as water levels drop at Taum Sauk's lower reservoir.  The lake is being lowered so crews can clean up sediments deposited there by the December failure of the upper Taum Sauk reservoir.

The hydroelectric reservoirs are run by St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation.

The company's contractors so far have rescued more than 2,500 fish as the water levels drop.

But the reservoir is expected to be almost empty by the end of this week.  The remaining fish are expected to die because of warm temperatures, combined with a lack of oxygen.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)