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Manure spill in Wright County

DNR says no dead fish found.

Posted: Sep 25, 2018 3:54 PM

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa – The Department of Natural Resources is investigating a manure spill in Wright County.

DNR officials say it began overnight Sunday as manure from a hog confinement about four miles southwest of Eagle Grove backed up into a building and then flowed into a ditch. An unknown amount of manure reached a drainage ditch which enters the Boone River about a mile downstream.

The owner of the hog confinement, Mitch Christopher, discovered the spill around 9 am Monday and immediately stopped the release, then built dams to contain the manure onsite.

The DNR says field tests showed normal ammonia levels and staff did not find any dead fish. It will continue to monitor the cleanup.

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