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Manure leak kills fish in Allamakee County creek

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A broken part on a piece of manure application equipment allowed manure to reach Clark Creek Monday, about 1.5 miles about where the creek flows into the Upper Iowa River near New Albin, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR says Krauskopf Pumping Service of Decorah was pumping liquid manure from Cyclone 1 hog confinement owned by David Weymiller, when the break released about 1,000 gallons, causing a fish kill in the creek.

They say Weymiller responded quickly and dammed the creek about 250 yards downstream from the spill and again about 100 yards below the spill.  He then worked with the applicator to pump the manure out of the creek, preventing it from flowing into the Upper Iowa River.

The DNR was on-site Monday, taking water samples and monitoring cleanup efforts.  Field tests Tuesday showed slightly elevated levels just below the spill location.

According to the DNR, the extent of the fish kill is not known, and they say they'll take appropriate enforcement action, including seeking restitution for the fish killed.

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