News Release: Fish Kill Identified by Reservation

News Release


Media Contact:  Jody Hartwig, Tribal Secretary

(715) 793-4111


Fish Kill Identified by Reservation

Stockbridge-Munsee Community working with other government agencies in relation to water oxygen issues that resulted in a fish kill on the North Branch of Embarrass River

Bowler, Wisconsin (May 22, 2023).   On the afternoon of May 16, 2023, the Stockbridge-Munsee Community’s (“Tribe”) Ecology Department identified that low oxygen levels were occurring in a stretch of the North Branch of the Embarrass River that runs through the Tribe’s reservation area. The Tribe contacted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources about the issue. The Tribe is continuing to monitor water quality and the impact of the low oxygen level event, which resulted in a fish kill along the river.


While investigations into the fish kill are ongoing, there is no indication that the water along this section of the river is unsafe for recreational use or that fish caught in the river are unsafe for human consumption. If conditions or recommendations change, the Tribe will provide timely notice of such changes.