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Manure runoff impacting fish in Vernon County creek

By Central Office October 6, 2017

Contact(s): Andrew Savagian, DNR communications, 608-261-6422

MADISON - Manure runoff from the Wild Rose Dairy in Vernon County has impacted a trout stream in west central Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff continue to monitor the stream quality of Otter Creek, located north of the village of La Farge. Department fisheries biologists report a kill of more than 1,100 fish, including brook and brown trout, in the headwaters of the stream. The rest of the stream, known for its large fish population, does not currently appear to be impacted by the runoff.  Otter Creek is a tributary of the Kickapoo River, but fish in the Kickapoo have not been affected.

The spill was reported to the DNR earlier this week and the source of the spill has been controlled.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Savagian, DNR communications, 608-261-6422

Last Revised: Friday, October 06, 2017

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