Thursday, May 29, 2014

5-30-14 manure spill-dnr investigation

An agricultural runoff management specialist with the DNR says a large manure spill at a Fond du Lac County mega-dairy farm this week is unfortunate.   On Monday an estimated 50,000 gallons of manure
spilled at Lake Breeze Dairy near Pipe. DNR ag runoff management specialist Casey Jones says the spill was caused by a thumb-size hole in a transfer line used to pump manure to a field.   She says the hose was leaking for more than two hours.  Jones says the manure polluted nearby Pipe Creek and flowed west to Lake Winnebago.  "Its a pretty big spill, its one of the worst spills I've seen in my six years in the program,"  Jones told WFDL news.  Jones says the farm reacted quickly when the spill was discovered.  She says the DNR will continue to investigate, ask for written documentation and come up with a remediation plan to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  The Fond du Lac County Public Health Department has been made aware of the situation.

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