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Quick shutdown of Scofield Dam outflow kills fish

Dead fish float belly-up in Lower Fish Creek after a closure of Scofield Dam's outflow deprived them of water Oct. 14

Dead fish float belly-up in Lower Fish Creek after a closure of Scofield Dam's outflow deprived them of water Oct. 14. The Bureau of Reclamation and local water users needed to complete some maintenance on the reservoir outlet works. Justin Hart, Regional Aquatics Manager for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said the fish kill extended to the first railroad bridge about a mile below the dam. "We checked out the river and didn't see any negative effects any further down," Hart said. The fish further downstream had time to find pools of deeper water. Had the outflow of the dam been stepped down gradually, most of the fish closer to the dam would have also had time to find deeper water and survive, he noted. The fish killed included Utah chubs, rainbows, browns and tigers. Reports indicated that some of the fish were up to five pounds. Most of the larger fish Hart saw were in the 15 to 21 inch range.




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