Fish Kills Blamed on Farm Field Manure

(Toledo, OH) A series of Northwest Ohio fish kills may have violated a new state law.

Three state agencies are looking at whether any laws were broken after manure spread on Northwest Ohio farm fields caused three separate fish kills. 

A state wildlife investigator says it's not clear yet whether too much manure was used or whether it was put on the fields too close to predicted storms. 

About 15,000 fish along a 10-mile stretch of Beaver creek in Williams County were found dead. A new Ohio law put in place to combat algae in Lake Erie prohibits farmers from putting manure on fields before heavy rains because it contains phosphorous that feeds algae. 

Two other Northwest Ohio fish kills and another in western Ohio left tens of thousands of dead fish earlier this month.

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