Hundreds of fish dead in Beaver Dam river

Published: Jun. 18, 2017 at 11:40 PM CDT
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BEAVER DAM, Wis. (WMTV) -- Some people in Beaver Dam are upset that hundreds of fish are dead in the Beaver Dam river.

Beaver Dam's Mayor Becky Glewen says the city followed DNR protocol by shutting water levels to the minimum level because of construction in the area near the river.

She says because of delays due to rain, the city has been accused of not helping the construction process. Glewen says they didn't predict the impact on the fish population. Some people in Beaver Dam say the city should have done their research and looked into options like relocating the fish.

“It was devastating. There was Walleye and Pikes. I saw Muskie, Panfish and of course lots of Carp too. Just tons of fish dead and I mean, thousands of them. There was a bad smell. It was devastating,” said Justin Morris.

Morris has organized a cleanup at the dam on Tuesday. He says they will not be cleaning up the fish but rather garbage around the river.

Mayor Glewen says DNR will be helping on Monday to figure out how to complete the Cooper Street Project with minimal further impact on the river habitat. She says people can share their concerns with city council, Monday night at 7 p.m.

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