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Fish Kill Blamed on Raw Sewage
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SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Oklahoma wildlife officials say a reported power failure at an Arkansas wastewater treatment plant killed over 30,000 fish along a Siloam Springs tributary.
The fish kill happened in September when a reported power failure at Sager Creek Foods caused the diversion of industrial wastewater to the treatment plant without undergoing the normal pretreatment process.
Officials said this week that the discharge overwhelmed the plant and "partially treated sewage" spilled into Sager Creek, which flows into Flint Creek, a stream that empties into the Illinois River.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says the impact to the fish and wildlife resources in the Delaware County segment of Sager Creek is about 14,000 and the costs related to the investigation of the fish kill are nearly $2,000.
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