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Manure release impacts creek in Benton and Iowa counties

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BLAIRSTOWN (KWWL) -

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a manure release from a dairy cattle feeding and milking operation has impacted two-and-a-half miles of Coon Creek and an unnamed tributary.

The DNR says the release happened at Cedar Valley Farms, located at 2188 78th Street, just south of Blairstown.

When the release was discovered at 7:00 a.m. Thursday, the DNR says Cedar Valley Farms shut off the pump and built sand dams a half mile and one-and-a-half miles from the spill site.

They say the spill is currently contained to the unnamed tributary and Coon Creek in Benton and Iowa counties.  Coon Creek is a tributary of the Iowa River. 

The DNR doesn't know how much manure was released, but it's estimated to be more than 100,000 gallons.

The manure is being pumped to a hayfield and is being land-applied.

"Complete removal of the manure is likely to take days," said Sue Miller, DNR environmental specialist.

The DNR says a fish kill occurred because of the release, but a count of the dead fish has not been made yet.

It's recommended that livestock be kept out of Coon Creek and the area below the sand dams until the water is safe to drink.

Samples have been collected and the DNR will continue monitoring the situation.

Enforcement action is expected.

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