Hog Facility releases 10,000 gallons of Manure
WELDON — A DeCoster Farms hog facility leased to Iowa Select Farms has released an estimated 10,000 gallons of manure, possibly more, to Chariton Creek in Clarke County.
A faulty pipe connection released the manure onto the ground around 3 p.m. Wednesday at the facility, located east of Weldon. The manure traveled one mile through a tile line before reaching the creek, a tributary of the Chariton River.
Iowa Select employees stopped the release and constructed a dam across Chariton Creek one mile downstream from where the tile line discharges to the creek. Employees are pumping manure from the creek and land-applying it. The DNR has instructed the facility to pump manure until ammonia levels are within a normal range. Thursday morning, elevated ammonia levels reached four miles downstream.
The DNR has not observed a fish kill in the creek or river as of Thursday afternoon, but will continue to monitor the streams because of the high ammonia levels, which can be toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
Iowa Select Farms reported the release to the DNR at 8:20 p.m.
Wednesday. Manure releases must be reported within six hours from discovery or occurrence.
"Manure releases like these are not only a reminder to make a commitment to keep piping systems well-maintained, but to call the DNR right away when a spill occurs. We can help reduce the impact to our environment," said Rodney Tucker with the DNR’s emergency response section.
The DNR has notified downstream water users, including the City of Chariton, of the manure release.
The DNR will continue to investigate and may consider possible enforcement action.