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Weather a factor in Algoma manure incident

The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee will try to sort out the details of a manure run-off incident near Rio Creek when it meets on Tuesday. A field farmed by El-Na Farms in Algoma received a heavier dose of rain last Friday than it expected, prompting some solid manure that was spread last Thursday to run off.  Residents near the site of County Highway P and Pheasant Road were informed of steps to take just in case their water was contaminated because of the incident. Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee member Lee Luft says lots of factors need to take place before potential penalties are issued.


El-Na Farms helped clean up the manure-laden water following the event. Owner Lonnie Fenendael says they acted quickly to deal with the run-off caused by more than two inches of rain falling early Friday morning in less than two hours.   


Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Chairperson Chuck Wagner says the final determination ultimately falls to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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