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Hog manure spill travels miles, empties into river; Iowa DNR investigates


This news story was published on April 8, 2016.
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Diluted manure

Diluted manure

MURRAY, IOWA – The Iowa DNR is investigating a discharge of swine manure from a confinement sow operation in Clarke County that reached the Thompson River.

The spill occurred about eight miles south of Murray, after Swine Graphics – ADL 6 transferred manure from below building pits to an outdoors basin. The transfer pipe broke releasing an unknown amount of manure. Swine Graphics staff have taken action to stop the manure release.

The manure traveled overland to a farm pond, which overflowed and then ran into a small unnamed stream and flowed about 2.5 miles to the Thompson River.

DNR staff took water samples and checked for dead fish in the farm pond, the tributary and in the river for several miles downstream. They did not find any dead fish.

The DNR is monitoring spill containment and cleanup and will consider appropriate enforcement action.

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30 Responses to Hog manure spill travels miles, empties into river; Iowa DNR investigates

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    this is an sample of what you get when you do not vote

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 10, 2016 at 8:50 am

    The out of state crowd refers to Iowa as THE STINKY STATE.

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    Peters Legos Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Update on Spill. The origin has actually been traced to Clear Lake. The vicinity of 4th Avenue South and North 8th Street. Further it has been determined that the manure if of human origin, oozing out of a basement window. Details at 10

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    Figures Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Oh and another reason . Idiots. Let’s all enjoy our new way of living in MC. It’s going to be so great. No issues what so ever. I especially like the thought of guests coming to town and people I want to impress as we eat the smell we are inhaling. Awesome. Then when we meet people out of town for a wkend we will carry the pig perfume with us. It doesn’t go away. On your clothes forever.

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    Reality Check Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2016 at 10:51 am

    This is Iowa, an accident, get over it.

    That would be like complaining about the farmers who will soon begin dumping mega tons of pesticides, herbicides an other chemicals on our soil deliberately. And then we drive right by them and give them a friendly wave of approval. No righteous outrage then.

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    Peter Lagios Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

    How many times does a person need to explain that the business of mass death is BAD KARMA. And on so many levels.

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      Zippy the CHIMP Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

      I rarely find happiness in anything anymore. I feel numb, like my emotional development was stunted as a child; or I just experienced so many negative things in my life to the point that I am perpetually unhappy. I am incredibly blunt to the point that people feel the need to express the fact that I am mean or even go as far as calling me an asshole for doing something as simple as stating the obvious. I haven’t developed romantic feelings for anyone in two years, and I has become increasingly harder to go out in public or talk to people.

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        The Real Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

        Have you talked to anyone about your issues?

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          Zippy the CHIMP Reply Report comment

          April 9, 2016 at 11:42 am

          No. Why should I?

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            The Real Anonymous

            April 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm

            It sounds like you have a lot of unresolved issues that need to be dealt with or we all might be seeing you on the six o’clock news someday.

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        Peter Lagios Reply Report comment

        April 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm

        Zippy, we all appreciate your style, about 8 comments ago, but now it’s tired. You’re tired. Do me a favor and fall into the wood chipper. There’s one on north Monroe.

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          Zippy the CHIMP Reply Report comment

          April 9, 2016 at 7:59 pm

          Join me, and we can enter paradise together! As brothers!

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      The Real Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Well, $h*t rolls down hill.

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      Zippy the CHIMP Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2016 at 10:54 am

      All that having been said, do us all a “Karmic Favor” and shut your hole.

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    watching Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2016 at 9:39 am

    $12 bucks a hour is not good jobs and is the risk worth it for our area? I don’t think so.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2016 at 8:34 am

    DNR = don’t know ratchit.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Accidents happen and always have. This is nothing new. If you want to eat meat you have to accept such things.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Why do cities have treatment plants and pig farmers don’t. Lets pump our shit in the river skip the treatment plant and save the taxpayer some money. There should never be a sewage spill. It is lack of supervision. My take would be they started pumping and no one was a around to monitor the pumping the hose ruptured and continued to pump. That is not a accident. Why do we need clean water just ask the citizens in Michigan and flint in particular gov today is a failure and its is on the republicans.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 10, 2016 at 3:54 pm

        It was a Democrat Mayor, Dayne Walling in charge of public utilities in Flint that decided to switch to drawing the drinking water from the river instead of Lake Huron, this was not a republican deal, get your facts straight.

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      Anonymous #3 Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2016 at 11:28 am

      LVS-Wow, how disappointing to hear you say this. I never thought I would see the day you would buddy up with this Mayor and council. You comment sounds like it came right out of the Mayor’s mouth. You know this spill is bad and should have never been allowed to happen. You sound like you have been bought and paid off just like our city government…Sad….Sad…Sad.

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        LVS Reply Report comment

        April 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm

        You are still pretty much stupid and probably always will be. This is a done deal get used to it and shut the freak up, dumb azz.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

          LVS-When you are over at your buddy the mayor’s house later tonight tell him hi from me. I know that you’ll be on your knees with your mouth full but when you get a chance just tell him I said hi. Thanks

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            Phil

            April 10, 2016 at 4:46 pm

            LVS’s whole life has been spent on his knees.
            It’s the only way that he can survive, since he is too stupid & gutless to make it on his own.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          April 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm

          What a total disappointment to our community you have become LVS. Still can’t believe you now bow down to the mayor. So disappointed in you

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      Peters Legos Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Don’t waste you time. Internet petitions are a dime a dozen and sadly, you can’t even wipe your ass with them.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    April 9, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Ever heard of the Cherokee Prophecies.

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      anonymous also Reply Report comment

      April 9, 2016 at 6:33 am

      @mint. It’s clearly obvious that you are Peter. Just how many personalities do you have?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 8, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    This will be a regular ocurance across North Iowa soon..jobs, jobs,jobs..good jobs.. $12.29 an hour jobs..benefits after 1 year..

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    April 8, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Say it isn’t so, accidents do happen. Coming soon to an area near you…