Manure Spill Near Breda Still Being Cleared

Last week, an unknown amount of manure ended up in the Boyer River after a spill. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), a landowner reported the spill at approximately 5:30 p.m on Friday, Nov. 11, three miles northwest of Breda. The DNR investigated the spill Friday and Saturday and determined that a tanker became stuck in a marshy area resulting in a discharge of an unknown quantity of manure after the release was accidentally engaged in an attempt to remove the vehicle. The spill flowed into an unnamed tributary of the Boyer River through underground tile lines. The manure came from an Iowa Select Facility during a field application by a private company owned by Mark Schroeder. The tiles were plugged, and the area was dammed to allow for the manure to be pumped to a nearby field. No dead fish were reported downstream of the spill area. The DNR is monitoring clean-up and will take samples of the area later this week. They are considering potential enforcement actions.