State investigates manure leak near Central City

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa environmental regulators are investigating a manure leak from a dairy farm in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says an unknown amount of manure leaked into a tributary of the Wapsipinicon River from Dairy Venture, a farm located southeast of Central City in Linn County.

The manure traveled down the tributary on Tuesday afternoon but most was stopped by a dam the dairy operator had built in the creek. Much of the manure was pumped out and spread on a farm field.

The DNR says about 20 dead minnows were observed in the tributary and a fisheries biologist has been assigned to investigate the fish kill. Some manure is believed to have flowed into the Wapsipinicon.

The DNR will monitor the clean-up and consider appropriate enforcement action.

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