By Louie Stout

By now you’ve probably heard about the fish kill at Diamond Lake that occurred earlier this month.

Based on best guess estimates, it affected about 1,000 fish of several different species.

It’s still under investigation by the Michigan DNR Fisheries and the Department of Environment and Great Lakes and Energy (EAGLE), formerly known as Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Don’t expect much to come out of this investigation. Fisheries Biologist Matt Diana was at Diamond last week and said the fish he saw had already begun decomposing, too late for any analysis.

“We’ve been getting a lot of calls from people around the lake; as the winds shift dead fish move from one shore to the other,” he said. “It’s difficult to determine what killed them or how many, but I can say that it wasn’t a major kill and shouldn’t have a big impact on fish populations.”

Dead fish showed up two days after the lake had been treated with chemicals to kill non-native vegetation.

Diana wouldn’t single out the chemical application as the sole cause, but said it may have contributed to it.