Fish in Ankeny, Iowa creek dying over spilled milk


ANKENY, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working to clean up milk in a tributary of Fourmile Creek. The DNR says the was traced to a drain at the HyVee store at 410 N. Ankeny Boulevard.

The DNR says dead fish, mostly minnows and small game fish were seen in a one-mile stretch of the tributary, and efforts are underway to prevent the milky water from getting to Fourmile Creek.

"It’s important to know that storm drains flow underground directly into a nearby stream,” DNR Supervisor Ted Peterson said. “Sanitary sewers connected to your house’s sinks, showers and toilets send wastewater to a treatment plant or septic system. So, when disposing of a liquid into the municipal collection system, it’s important to check with the local wastewater treatment plant or prior to disposal.”

Once the investigation is completed, the DNR will consider appropriate enforcement action, which may include fish kill restitution.