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Manure spill contained in Butler County

PARKERSBURG (KWWL) -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a quick response by a manure applicator resulted in an accidental spill being prevented from moving downstream in a drainage ditch late Thursday morning.

A connection in a line used to land apply manure came undone resulting in approximately 4,000 gallons of liquid hog manure being released to a drainage ditch northeast of Parkersburg in Butler County.

The applicator, Tim McCandless of Greene, constructed a berm across a ditch on the farm to keep manure from flowing downstream. The spilled manure is being pumped up and will be land applied.

"Alertness and fast action on the part of the applicator had helped avoid further contamination," said Jeff Vansteenburg, supervisor of the DNR's field office in Mason City. "This incident underscores the importance of being alert and having a plan of action when something like this happens. We understand that equipment can sometimes fail, but being prepared and prompt action can help contain the spill, minimizing the impact to the environment."

DNR field staff was on-site of the spill Thursday afternoon to provide assistance with the cleanup. The spill was contained quickly enough to prevent manure from going down stream and potentially causing a fish kill.

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