September 16, 2010

DNR Investigates Local Dairy Farm Wastewater Discharge

A citizens complaint regarding possible contamination of a public waterway brought Department of Natural Resources investigators to Scotland County last week.

A DNR report indicated an undetermined amount of wastewater from a Scotland County dairy farm ran off from the field where it was being applied and into a local creek on September 8th, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The department dispatched an investigator to Scotland County Tuesday after receiving a complaint of animal waste in the Hughes Branch. The investigator determined the animal waste originated from a field where it had been applied by the Clyde Zimmerman Dairy Farm, located on State Highway N, near Arbela.

Department staff advised the operator of the farm to construct a temporary berm in the stream near County Road 707 to contain the wastewater and pump it from the stream back onto a land application field in a manner that would not allow it to run off.

Land applying wastewater from agricultural lagoons is allowed under the condition that it does not leave the site or enter waters of the state.

The departments Northeast Regional Office in Macon, which conducted the investigation, notified the Department of Health and Senior Services and suggested that any appropriate public health advisories be issued.

To report an environmental emergency, including after-hour sewage overflows, please contact the DNR spill line at 573-634-2436. To report sewage overflows during regular business hours, contact the nearest regional office. A list of regional offices, their contact information and service areas is available online: http://dnr.mo.gov/regions/regions.htm.

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