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Accidental manure spill leads to fish kill, possible Lake Winnebago infection

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Pipe Creek in Fond du Lac County is seen, May 29, 2014. (Photo from: FOX 11)
Pipe Creek in Fond du Lac County is seen, May 29, 2014. (Photo from: FOX 11)

MALONE, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin DNR says an accidental manure spill on Monday has killed thousands of fish and could pollute Lake Winnebago.

According to DNR Wastewater Specialist Casey Jones, the spill took place Monday in Pipe Creek. That's in Fond du Lac County, where cleanup efforts continue.

Lake Breeze Dairy Farm general manager Mark Diederichs tells FOX 11 the spill happened between 2 and 4:30 a.m. at their farm in Malone. Diederichs says about 50,000 gallons of manure spilled from a leak in a hose used to spread manure on fields.

An accidental manure spill in a Fond du Lac County creek has killed thousands of fish and could pollute Lake Winnebago.

DNR officials have counted 45 dead fish in a 100-foot section of the creek. But Jones says the whole section from the spill site to Lake Winnebago is contaminated. She adds the spill could soon have an impact on Lake Winnebago, but officials are still testing the water.

“This is a significant spill, one of the worst I’ve seen,” Jones told FOX 11.

Lake Breeze Dairy, LLC has 3,000 animals and has more than 30 full-time employees, according to its website.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).

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