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Tributary in Carthage dries up, leaving behind dead fish and the odor that comes with it

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Some Carthage residents woke up this morning to the smell of dead fish due to low water levels in a tributary.

"On Oct. 3 the Missouri Department of Natural Resources was notified of approximately 50 dead fish in a tributary in Carthage," says Gena Terlizzi, Communications Director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. "The department responded to the site and has determined the cause to be low water levels."

Terlizzi says DNR was called out to see if there had been a clean water violation, but she says they determined there was not.

She did say that the low water level was due to a mechanical operation of the levee, and informed us we would need to contact the Jasper County District #1 Levee Committee for more information.

The Committee says at this time they have no comment.

"It's not good for the environment, the smell - it's awful - it's an awful smell and it's disturbing here for workers at Butterball and it's disturbing for the neighbors," says Marisol Figueroa, a Carthage resident. "It makes people sick to their stomach and it's not good. They should fix that and it's not good at all."

Candy Blazer and Doug Lewis with RES say people go fishing at the location, saying it normally has water and fish.

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