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Dairy farm fined $10,000 for days-long manure leak

October 17, 2022  by Jared Strong | Iowa Capital Dispatch

A northwest Iowa dairy farm has agreed to pay $10,000 for a manure leak in March that spanned several days, polluted a creek and killed an unknown number of fish, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The leak was first noted by workers at Black Soil Dairy near Granville on March 11, but they didn’t realize that it was flowing into a nearby creek. Instead, they incorrectly believed it was going into a drain that led to manure storage.

The facility has a capacity of about 3,300 cattle in three barns and employs a filtering system that washes manure from the barn floors with shallow streams of water. Sand that is used for animal bedding clogged part of the system and caused the overflow. | READ MORE


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