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Thumbs down: Fried fish

Fish are

dying by the truckload as the drought dries up backwater tributaries, reduces

main channel flows and raises the temperature of the remaining river water. In

Indiana, many different fish are taking the hit. Northern pike and crappy are

among the victims, said Doug Keller, the Indiana Department of Natural

Resources aquatic habitat coordinator. The AP reports "thousands ... many

millions

" throughout the Midwest, including about 40,000 shovelnose

sturgeon last week in Iowa and enough fish to clog the intake valve at an

Illinois power plant. At least one positive side effect to the mass killing: Keller

reports the highly invasive Asian Carp, which like to populate flooded riparian

backwaters as young fish, are also among the victims. So far, he added, the

state's blue gill and bass have not succumbed to the pressure, but "if we

continue with hot weather and low water, we're really not sure how this will play

out over next month."

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