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DNR investigating Grant County fish kill

Published: Feb. 23, 2016 at 2:01 PM CST
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A newspaper is reporting that a manure spill at a factory farm has led to a fish kill in Grant County.

Mark Cain, a Department of Natural Resources wastewater engineer, told the Wisconsin State Journal that a pump at Misty Morning Dairy near Fennimore failed Wednesday night and pumped manure from a storage pit onto the ground and into Castle Rock Creek, a Class II trout stream, two miles away.

Nearly 50 dead trout have been found in the stream since the pump malfunctioned. DNR officials plan to conduct population surveys in a few weeks to determine the full size of the kill.

Cain says the DNR is investigating whether the farm violated its operating permit.