A fight between northeast Iowa trout stream and cattle operation may be heading to court



June 7, 2021


CLAYTON COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) -- Supreme Beef and Bloody Run Creek may be considering a court appeal, after the state’s top environmental official declined to review her agency’s approval of the feedlot.


DNR Director Kayla Lyon refused to exercise authority under Director’s Discretion Rule to overturn Supreme Beef pushing cattle operations near the protected trout stream.


Supreme Beef wants to raise more than 10,000 cattle in a partially enclosed feedlot near Bloody Run Creek, not far from Monona in Clayton County, but it raises concerns for the high probability that manure from Supreme Beef will negatively impact the land in and around the creek.  


Bloody Run Creek is known to be highly sought after water resource and protected, as well as popular, fishing spot after The Iowa Department of Natural Resources years ago declared it an “outstanding Iowa water.”


The fight over the cattle operation, located in a geologically sensitive area prone to groundwater pollution, has been going on for a couple of years, and that discussion has shifted to legal appeal options...


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