Department of Natural Resources staff is assessing the impact of a manure spill that took place Wednesday, May 15, at Wild Rose Dairy located at County Road D and Allen Road in Vernon County.

According to a press release from the DNR, the farm’s crews are working to control and contain manure leaking from a hose that broke while transferring manure from the lagoon to the field. The farmer notified the DNR of the spill and is working with the agency to implement control measures.

DNR staff is on-site to determine the amount of material that spilled and the downstream impact of the spill. Some manure has been recovered by septic trucks. A dam was built to contain the manure, but some had already reached Otter Creek. Impacts to the fishery are being assessed, but some dead trout have already been reported.

DNR water biologists and fisheries staff will continue to sample the creek and inspect cleanup efforts through the weekend.

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Mac

Again? It's been a year and a half since the last spill there that killed thousands of fish.

Viroquan

Farming should not be industrialized to such an extent. It's bad for the ecosystem, bad for the animals, unnatural and produces food of a lesser quality. When I graduated high school from Viroqua in 1980, 50 percent of my graduating class lived on small, 200 acre average, 40 milk cow average FAMILY farms. IN FRANCE, THE FARMERS DRIVE THEIR TRACTORS TO PARIS TO PROTEST SUCH ATROCITIES AS THIS. Why do Vernon County Farmers vote Republican???? It was Reagan who cut the milk subsidies and killed the family farms! Who do you think is on your side? NOT THE FOLKS YOU VOTE FOR!!!

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