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Eight manure lagoons overflow in western Iowa because of flooding

March 25, 2019

Runoff can kill fish, degrade water quality for drinking and recreation

Spring flooding is causing problems for western Iowa animal feeding operations, with overflowing manure lagoons reported at eight northwest Iowa feedlots and farmers telling of other challenges, including difficulty getting water to animals.

Eastern Iowa so far has been spared widespread major flooding, but state Department of Natural Resources...

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Manure spill turns portions of West Michigan trout stream ‘ink black’

March 22, 2019

MLive, March 21, 2019

FREEPORT, MI -- Aaron Snell was working to clear a log jam on the Coldwater River when he noticed the water turn murky, “really murky,” he said, “unusually so.”

He traveled about four miles upstream and found the source. The water had turned black from manure.

“By the time we found where it was coming from...

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Most nitrate, coliform in Kewaunee County wells tied to animal waste

March 1, 2019

By Sarah Whites-Koditschek (Wisconsin Public Radio) and Coburn Dukehart (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism) 2/28/2019

The latest findings from a study of drinking water wells and their surroundings finds manure from cows that is stored or spread on farm fields poses the highest risk for certain contaminants. 

Scientists are one step closer to understanding how dangerous...

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500,000 gallons of manure: Spill near Coldwater River marks second incident in past year

January 19, 2019

Large manure spill near Coldwater River marks second incident in past year / 1-17-19 

Christian Yonkers, Contributing Writer

 
Thu, Jan 17, 2019
A recent spill resulted in approximately 500,000 gallons of liquid manure released into surrounding fields and wetlands. An estimated 50,000-100,000 gallons...

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NW Oregon Mega-Dairy to shut down: Manure & Waste violations

October 26, 2018

OPB BY Courtney Flatt; Northwest Public Broadcasting

A troubled mega-dairy in Oregon has announced its plans to shut down. After racking up multiple environmental violations, Lost Valley Farm’s owner has been fired and a trustee wants to sell the property.

Lost Valley Farm promised to be one of the largest dairies in the Northwest, proposing a 30,000-cow operation, bringing...

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Tile Drainage contributes to Harmful Algal Blooms in Inland Lakes – OSU study

September 1, 2018

[caption id="attachment_2625" align="aligncenter" width="712"]Tile Drainage and Anthropogenic Land Use Contribute to Harmful Algal Blooms and Microbiota Shifts in Inland Water Bodies  - diagram of fecal loading impact Tile Drainage and Anthropogenic Land Use Contribute to Harmful Algal Blooms and Microbiota Shifts in Inland Water Bodies
Environ. Sci. Technol., 2018, 52 (15),...

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What Sparked An E. Coli Outbreak In Lettuce? Nearby cattle feedlot

August 29, 2018

Morning Edition, NPR, Dan Charles

The illnesses started appearing in late March. Here and there, across the country, people were checking themselves in to hospitals, sick from toxic E. coli bacteria. At least 200 people got sick. Five of them died.

Investigators quickly identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak, but have had trouble pinpointing the cause for months....

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Attorney has ‘real faith’ tighter controls are in store for Lake Erie – Toledo Blade

August 22, 2018

Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

The lead attorney in a landmark western Lake Erie case told about 50 people attending a private function Wednesday night she has “real faith and confidence” the ultimate decision rendered by Senior U.S. District Judge James G. Carr — even with it now likely to come months or even a year or two later than expected — will...

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Judge says algae lawsuit has too many loopholes – Toledo Blade

August 21, 2018

Toledo Blade, Tom Henry

Though clearly frustrated by the state of Ohio’s response to toxic algal blooms that have carpeted western Lake Erie’s surface the past 23 summers, Senior U.S. District Judge James G. Carr said in open court Tuesday he worries he is on “thin ice” with the case before him.

He said he welcomes a new version of it to be...

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