STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

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.

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.

Article Comments

Mason City
Few Clouds
31° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 26°
Albert Lea
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 30°
Austin
Clear
34° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 34°
Charles City
Few Clouds
30° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 30°
Rochester
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 23°
Rain moving in tonight, a warm up for the weekend
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Chris Likes Mom's Ties

Image

Lawmakers tour Rochester

Image

Prepping for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Image

NIACC women's basketball season preview

Image

Sports Overtime: highlights from around the area

Image

Honoring entrenpeneurs

Image

Hip Hop with a Message

Image

Dyslexia simulation

Image

Teen driving safety

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast

Community Events