100,000 gallons of manure spill in Brown County

Water nearby may not be safe to drink
100,000 gallons of manure spill in Brown County
Posted at 1:49 PM, Mar 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 14:59:54-04

BROWN COUNTY -- The DNR is working on cleaning up 100,000 gallons of manure that spilled in southeast Brown County on Monday, the state agency said Thursday.

The spill started Monday when a valve was left open by an employee at the James Kroll Farm on Finger Road, the DNR says. It was reported by the farm late Monday night as a spill of 1,000 gallons. DNR officials quickly discovered it was a larger incident, and brought in berms and sump pumps for a more aggressive cleanup.

Manure began flowing into an unnamed tributary of School Creek, and went on for approximately 3.5 miles where it reached the Luxemburg Rd. crossing of School Creek, according to the DNR. The creek is a tributary of the Kewaunee River.

The good news? The DNR says the source area where the manure flowed from is contained. The bad news? They also are advising the public that the water in the area may not be safe for people or for pets. There's some risk for private well owners as well, due to the shallow bedrock in the area.

Concerned well owners can contact the DNR here with questions. The agency says it currently testing water samples.

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