Draining Taum Sauk Lower Reservoir could result in large fish kill

Draining Taum Sauk Lower Reservoir could result in large fish kill
By: Ryan Tate
Lesterville, MO - Dead fish could begin piling up in the Taum Sauk Lower Reservoir, as Ameren crews drain the water out.
The draining began last week, when the state officials told Ameren the local waters needed to be cleaned up following the reservoir breach in December, which sent one billion gallons of water cascading down Proffit Mountain.
Crews will use machinery to scoop the dirt out of the bottom of the Lower Reservoir, put into trucks, and haul it away.  But before that happens, the fish need to be taken out of the reservoir.
So far 3,000 have been rescued, but as the water levels continue to drop, many of the fish still in there will die beginning any day.
The fish that survived were taken to the Black River.  Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials are on hand to get rid of any fish that turn up dead, so that the fish do not cause a health risk.
The project to clean up the Lower Reservoir could take between 12 and 15 weeks.