Posted on Monday Dec 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Sorry to jump in late guys...just got back from a vacation.
Good sources and links included here. Thanks for sharing those. Steve as far as I know we did not have a reported fish kill in 2013 on the Red or tributaries. Based on DEQ reports and all the info provided, I tend to lean toward the mycotoxin source over the other possible sources explored. But even that would take some further ground truthing to be able to prove 100% (soil samples in the watershed, etc.). And then how would you go about preventing such an event under those flow/environmental conditions in the future?
I am just kind of thinking out loud, but this is a very complicated issue and it is very hard to place "blame" or responsibility on anyone in my opinion. It does not appear to be a clear case of intentional disregard or careless neglect which led directly to a fish kill like we often find in industry-related cases (point source pollution, chemical spills, unlawful dumping into waters, etc.).