WATSON, Mo. - The Atchison County Mail posted Justin Baucom’s reel on Facebook showing a fish kill at Watson, Mo., forty miles downstream from a fertilizer spill in Iowa that flowed into the Nishnabotna River.

State conservation officials have found no living fish in the East Nishnabotna River south of Red Oak, but a Des Moines Register report says living fish were found near Hamburg. Those living fish appeared to be in the process of dying. Also dead are frogs, snakes, mussels and earthworms.

The spill is blamed on an open hose valve at NEW Cooperative that leaked about 265,000 gallons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer. The leak is believed to have started on March 9 and was stopped by a co-op employee on March 11.

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