More than 100,000 gallons of liquid manure recently spilled into an unnamed tributary of Coon Creek that runs into the Iowa River. The spill happened on Cedar Valley Farms south of Blairstown, Iowa, when workers hit an underground pipe carrying the manure while digging a trench. The farm built dams to contain the spill, but they failed, and the leak resulted in a fish kill.
This 3,000 head dairy factory farm needs to be given the maximum fine possible for this tragic spill. Factory farms threaten our natural resources and health by creating massive amounts of waste. When farms spill manure, which happens with some regularity, it needs to be clear that this is a big deal and they need to take care of it. The state DNR must issue the maximum to fine Cedar Valley Farms to show they are serious about protecting our environment and well-being.