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Iowa department investigating livestock manure spill

State environmental officials in eastern Iowa are monitoring the cleanup of a livestock manure spill north of Charlotte.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it investigated a complaint Wednesday about manure overflowing a concrete storage structure at D&D Dairy. The agency said it found the manure running overland to a small tributary of Bear Creek. The agency says dairy owner Darryl Banowetz told investigators the overflow began April 22. He had built an earthen berm to retain it.

Field tests showed elevated levels of ammonia in the creek, but no sign of dead fish.

The department says it will consider appropriate enforcement action.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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