Manure spill kills fish in 2 streams
Williams Run, East Branch of Octoraro Creek impacted
A manure storage facility on a farm in Sadsbury Township near Christiana Borough failed early Monday, sending an estimated 100,000 gallons of manure into two streams, killing fish.
The state Department of Environmental Protection said the manure reached both the nearby Williams Run and, eventually, the East Branch of Octoraro Creek.
The pollution incident originated on the farm of Melvin Zook on Buck Hill Road near Christiana, DEP said. The manure facility was under a barn and had a capacity of 150,000 gallons.
DEP and a waterways conservation officer for the Fish and Boat Commission were on the scene Monday. Dead
fish were found in Williams Run near Christiana, according to DEP.
Also on the scene was a representative of the Chester Water Authority. The East Branch of Octoraro Creek feeds the Octoraro Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to 200,000 people in parts of
The East Branch of Octoraro Creek has been impacted by a manure spill.
Manure: Streams affected
Chester and Delaware counties.
Drinking water supply not affected
The authority is closely monitoring the pollution, but “there has been no adverse effect to the water quality in the Octoraro Reservoir at this time, and there is no disruption in service to our customers,” spokesman Mike D’Agostino told LNP Tuesday.
DEP was onsite Tuesday to document stream conditions and the progress of the
No injuries were reported, and no livestock was lost from the failure of the manure storage facility, DEP said.
In October 2017, a manure storage structure ruptured on a farm in Pequea Township, sending more than 200,000 gallons of manure and contaminated water into a creek that drains into the Susquehanna River. The spill caused a fish kill on Stehman Run.