Manure spill in northeast Iowa

DNR says thousands of gallons flowed into a creek.

Posted: Jun. 20, 2018 3:05 PM

RIDGEWAY, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a manure spill in Winneshiek County.

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Between 5,000 and 10,000 gallons of manure is estimated to have flowed into the headwaters of Walnut Creek, about three miles north of Ridgeway, after a hose came apart during manure application. The DNR says it happened at the Kevin Moellers cattle confinement around 4 pm Tuesday.

The DNR says Moellers reported the spill Wednesday morning.

Moellers told the DNR he dammed the creek about a mile downstream and pumped water into his manure lagoon until it ran clear. DNR staff say they did not see any dead fish in the area and tests showed low levels of ammonia.

“They went to a lot of effort and destroyed some cropland to prevent the manure from going further,” said Clark Ott, DNR environmental inspector.

The DNR says it will monitor the cleanup and consider an appropriate penalty.

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