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Manure runoff from a dairy farm in Vernon County is affecting water quality in a creek here.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources responded today to a report about a spill that occurred at the Wild Rose Dairy north of the village of La Farge. The amount of runoff entering the stream is unknown and the impacts downriver are being investigated, according to the DNR. The dairy is working with DNR staff to address the issue and the source from the spill has been controlled. Agriculture specialists with the DNR will continue to monitor water quality in the creek.

The facility is a permitted concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO).

The Broadcaster has left a message with the dairy requesting comment. Follow the Broadcaster for updates.

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Jennifer McBride is managing editor of the River Valley Media Group's weekly division. Contact her at 608-637-5611.

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wakeup

CAFOs are a nightmare, especially in Republican-controlled Wisconsin where DNR stands for Do Not Regulate. Many CAFOs are operating under expired permits, and even when they violate their permits there are rarely consequences (for the CAFO, not so great for their neighbors). Read the Sierra Club's white paper on CAFOs at sierraclub.org/wisconsin/protecting-water-resources and work for a moratorium on CAFOs through Sustain Rural Wisconsin. Clean ground and surface water are not infinite. We have to protect these vital resources before there's no clean water left. "When the well is dry, we know the worth of water."

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