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100,000 gallon manure spill enter two streams in Lancaster Co.

Manure spill kills fish in 2 streams

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Williams Run, East Branch of Octoraro Creek impacted

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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.

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Manure: Streams affected

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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

cleanup.

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.

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We had a 3 million gallon spill up here in 2005 and the court's decision may have set a precedent that helps the commission in Pa. to collect damages.

https://www.northcountrypublicradio....r-manure-spill
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They layed the wood to him, as they should have.

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They layed the wood to him, as they should have.


I wonder if PA will do the same to the farmer is this case?
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I hope so, it takes a while before these things get settled, you have the Fish and Boat Commission and the DEP both have jurisdiction.

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Now that just stinks.....
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That is two thirds of a pun, P U.
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After the fine handed down to Bruner Island last week from their last fish kill on the Susquehanna, I see a triple digit fine coming their way.
Fines have been averaging 2-3$ per fish killed..
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We just had another manure spill in Lancaster Co. into a creek yesterday, 2000 gallons this time.

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We just had another manure spill into a creek yesterday, 2000 gallons this time.

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