Second Manure Issue In Lyon County In The Last Week

Date posted - September 4, 2013

cattle feedlot cow cows beef manureDoon, Iowa — It’s the second manure issue in Lyon County in the last week. Last week, an Inwood farmer found manure in his pond. This week, there’s another manure issue.

State environmental officials say three separate manure spills have happened in Lyon County.

Cindy Martens, an environmental services specialist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says runoff from two cattle operations near Doon combined to create the most serious manure spill, after two inches of rain fell on Saturday night.

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(As above) Martens says staff members from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service were at the scene, counting dead fish. The fishkill covered about two miles of the waterway.

She says the other spill happened last Friday in a tributary of the Rock River near Inwood. She says that investigation was completed Monday and it was cleaned up with no significant environmental damage. Martens says the cause of that spill was misapplication of manure by a livestock producer.

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Martens says it’s important that all spills be reported to the D-N-R as quickly as possible. The greater the delay between the event and the reporting, the less likely it is that the source of the pollution can be traced.

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