huge fish kill

Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by Bocan, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Bocan

    Bocan New Member

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    Went down to the river today to do a bit of fishing, maybe get some smaller cats, but was told by the sherriff that i was not allowed to fish, seems that in Rockford IL area a train wrecked on a bridge spilling all kinds of chemicals that are used to make ethenol (and others im sure) spilled into the Rock River. I am quite a way down stream from there but there were alot of fish washed up on the banks, guess they had boats out trying to clean up some of the fish and were pulling thousands of fish out of the waters. lots of channels, bass, and even some trophy sized flats. I dont know how long this will effect the fish quality as far as eaters, but it was depressing. also not sure how far this will effect downstream as the Rock pours into the Mississippi down around the Quad Cities area. :angry::sad2:
     
  2. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    hate to see that happen might be ok once all the chemicals wash away
     

  3. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Sorry to hear about the bad news! Im sure that the EPA will be all over that one.
     
  4. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Bummer indeed. Keep your chin up.
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Sad news for sure. Thanks.
     
  6. buckdoe270

    buckdoe270 New Member

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    I wish they had more control on transportation of chemicals
    sad here news
     
  7. lil kat

    lil kat New Member

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    Thanks for the information. I know it is sad to see this happen for sure, but you can bet you bottem dollar on it that EPA will do something about it for sure.
     
  8. jmanion8

    jmanion8 New Member

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    Hate to hear about that...
     
  9. 40oz

    40oz New Member

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    That really is a shame
     
  10. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    That's a real crapper for sure... Nothing good ever comes from these sort of things.
     
  11. Chicago

    Chicago New Member

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    Just heard about it. That is terrible. Some of those fish are decades old. It will take a very long time for that part of the river to get back to normal.

    What are the odds that a train running probably hundreds of miles derails over a river less than a couple hundred yards wide? Sucks
     
  12. recordbreakin1

    recordbreakin1 New Member

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  13. SGTREDNECK

    SGTREDNECK New Member

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    Yall should get together and make sure something is done about this. I think for every fish killed by this accident the company responsible should have to stock 2 or more fish. This should be done at a time where the public can view it, to make sure it gets done, no just said it was done. Get together and sign a petition or something of the sort. Hope your waters are back to normal so you can cat some fish soon. SGT Shorey out
     
  14. bnewsom71

    bnewsom71 New Member

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    Now we are starting to see the fish kill around here. And we are at least 50 miles down stream (as the crow flies). What a shame!:sad2:
     
  15. muddyriverdogz

    muddyriverdogz New Member

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    At this link you can contact the Govenor of IL and express your feelings about the situation.
    http://www.illinois.gov/gov/contactthegovernor.cfm

    Here is some video of the fish kill

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yT2Tl7CePCo&feature=related

    The Railroad company was under notice over the condition of the tracks.

    Let your Govenor no what you think about this and demand the river is restored with the money they will get from suing the RR company.And they are going to sue them thats why they are counting the dead fish.They are reporting the count at 200 a minute.
     
  16. fullstringer

    fullstringer Member

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    I just watched the videos on youtube that is probably one of the biggest fish tragedies ever. Sorry to her that had to hit so close to your hole.
     
  17. jmanion8

    jmanion8 New Member

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    those videos are devastating.
     
  18. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Has it been confirmed that the railroad accident is the true culprit? Another forum from that area says that there was chemical plants up stream from this area that reported a kill happening before the accident.
     
  19. muddyriverdogz

    muddyriverdogz New Member

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    They are testing water samples now to determine what caused the Fish kill,but all clues are pointing at the train derailment.It happened on friday night and the fish started showing up on Sunday.What ever did it it had to of been massive.