Last week, District Court Judge David Lester assessed a $12,000 civil penalty against Vernon Van Beek for improperly applying manure to land, which resulted in illegal discharges of manure into a tributary of Dry Run Creek; and causing water quality violations. Van Beek failed to report the discharges to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which it discovered during a June 1, 2012 routine inspection.
Van Beek owns and operates Lone Tree Feedlot, an open feedlot cattle operation with up to 990 head of cattle.
Van Beek consented to the judgment, including a permanent injunction from further violations. The decree resolved a lawsuit filed last Thursday by Attorney General Tom Miller on behalf of the DNR. Van Beek has paid the civil penalty.
It was not the farm’s first violation. According to the DNR, the feedlot allegedly discharged manure into a nearby creek in 2009, and three times in 2011. In 2010, the EPA alleged that the feedlot discharged pollutants into a Dry Run Creek tributary.