Hog farm manure tank leak causes fish kill in northwest Iowa


Associated Press

via Quad-City Times (IA) - Jul 24, 2020


ALBERT CITY, Iowa (AP) A hog farm manure tank leak was the likely cause of a fish kill in a northwestern Iowa tributary this week, state environmental officials have said.


The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the leak happened over the weekend near Albert City when an unknown amount of manure was released into the tributary. On Sunday, the DNR found some dead fish, manure and elevated ammonia levels throughout four miles of the tributary, which connects to the North Raccoon River.


The incident was reported by farm owner Kris Ehlers, who suspected a failed valve on the manure tank, officials said. DNR workers concluded the spill did come from Ehlers' farm, but was likely coming through underground tile lines.


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