ODNR completes fish kill investigation, wants settlement

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66,701: that's the number of animals that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could prove were killed in an August fish kill. Now that the investigation is complete, Ohio wants its money, in restitution.

The fish were killed when manure was allegedly improperly applied before a rain event. The runoff manure caused fish kills when ammonia depleted oxygen levels, killing at least 66,701 fish or other animals.

Earlier this month, Michael R. Miller sent a certified letter to three individuals from northwest Ohio, asking for the money before a November deadline. Miller is the ODNR Chief of the Division of Wildlife. The letters are dated October 3rd, and October 6th, and tie a specific number of dead animals to each individual. You can find each letter attached in documents along with this story.

David Youngpeter of Spencerville was "determined" responsible for the death of 36,822 animals. Ohio is asking for $14,550.37. That manure dumping happened in Allen County.

Mike Bockey of Bockey's Ag-Lime in Delphos was "determined" responsible for the death of 15,264 animals. Ohio is asking for $12,090.47. That manure dumping happened in Williams County.

Dan Wagner of DJ Wagner Acres, LLC in Kenton was "determined" responsible for the death of 14,615 animals. Ohio is asking for $14,550.37. That manure dumping happened in Hardin County.