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Manure spill in Butler County

No dead fish detected.

Posted: Sep. 27, 2018 1:52 PM

BRISTOW, Iowa – The Department of Natural Resources is monitoring a manure spill in Butler County.

Officials say a water line broke Wednesday at a hog confinement about three miles north of Bristow. An unknown amount of manure from the empty building traveled about a mile before entering a tributary of Parmentar Creek. The DNR says field tests found slightly elevated levels of ammonia but nothing high enough to kill fish.

The facility is leased by Iowa Select Farms and the DNR says the company’s cleanup crew stopped the flow of manure and built downstream dams to contain contaminated water, which was pumped and hauled away to apply on crop fields.

No dead fish were seen in the stream.

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