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Quick-thinking farmer reduces impact of Linn County manure leak

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources credits a Linn County farmer with reducing the impact of a manure leak.

The DNR was called to investigate a reported manure leak at a farm southeast of Central City on Tuesday.

According to the DNR, a leak in some manure handling equipment sent manure about a half-mile down a ditch along Waubeek Road to an unnamed tributary of the Wapsipinicon River.

The say the farmer, Ralph Staal of Dairy Venture, dammed the tributary downstream of the ditch, stopping the flow of manure. They say Staal also pumped the tributary overnight, applying the material to the land.

However, a tile line, that Staal was not aware of, bypassed the dam and sent an unknown amount of manure down the tributary, toward the Wapsipinicon River. Twenty dead minnows were found in the tributary. DNR fisheries biologist Paul Sleeper will investigate the fish kill.

The DNR says that Staal's quick action help reduce the environmental impact of the leak.

The DNR will monitor the clean up and is considering enforcement action.

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