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DNR responding to manure spill in Brown County

By Central Office March 16, 2017

Contact(s): Ed Culhane, DNR communications, 715-781-1683; JaNelle Merry, DNR private well specialist, 920-662-5484; Rick Joslin, DNR spill coordinator, 920-662-5165

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Department of Natural Resources is responding to a manure spill, estimated at 100,000 gallons, at the James Kroll Farm on Finger Road, County Road V, between County Road P and South Michiels Road in southeast Brown County.

The manure release, into an unnamed tributary of School Creek, occurred sometime Monday, March 13, when a valve was left open by a farm employee. It was reported by the farm late Monday night as a spill of about 1,000 gallons. Cleanup began early Tuesday. DNR and county staff arriving at the scene determined it was a larger, expanding spill and directed a more aggressive cleanup with more berms, sumps and pumping.

Responders determined that manure flowed for approximately 3.5 miles, reaching the Luxemburg Road crossing, where the stream is identified as School Creek. School Creek is a tributary of the Kewaunee River. DNR specialists are assessing the extent of water quality impacts.

At this time, the source area where manure flowed out from above ground storage is contained. Cleanup activities are ongoing today. DNR is working with Brown County Land & Water Conservation staff and the farm owner. The Kroll farm, located in the Town of Humboldt, is not a CAFO, or concentrated animal feeding operation, and does not operate under a DNR permit.

The DNR and county health department advise the public that the water in the stream might not be safe for people or pets. Surf ace water samples are being taken to monitor water quality impacts.

DNR has determined there is some risk of groundwater impact due to the dominant geology in area being shallow bedrock and advises private well owners to closely monitor water quality. Any changes in water color or odor should be immediately reported to the DNR and the county health department. Well owners with questions regarding private well sampling can consult the DNR's webpage - dnr.wi.gov - and search the key word "wells".

Last Revised: Thursday, March 16, 2017

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