Muddy water kills fish in prime stretch of WY’s Shoshone River


A slurry of gray sediment continued to churn down the Shoshone River on Monday, almost a week after the river suffered a significant fish die-off from a suffocating mudflow. The silt was dredged loose after the river behind Willwood Diversion Dam, located about 12 miles northeast of Cody, WY., was lowered for planned repairs.

Dead rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout along with whitefish and suckers have been found washed up onshore below the dam, said Jason Burckhardt, the Cody region fisheries biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “The impacts to the trout fishery could be pretty substantial,” he said.

Link (via: Billings Gazette)

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