The fish at Bonny Reservoir, near Idalia, are a casualty of a 2003 Supreme Court decision Colorado was forced to honor. The ruling says Colorado owed the state of Kansas billions of gallons of water under a decades-old water-rights deal called the Republican River Compact. State officials started draining Bonny Reservoir last fall because of the decision, and thousands of fish have died at the reservoir. Last week, workers from the federal Bureau of Reclamation — which owns Bonny's land — had to unclog the drain from the dam using pitchforks, because so many fish had piled up. Backhoes then buried fish in the reservoir. Fishermen, who have been there collecting some of the last walleye and crappie in the lake, say they see the activity every two weeks.

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