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DNR traced red color in Cherokee County stream to cattle feedlot

LARRABEE - DNR investigators tracked down red color in Bear Creek about four miles west of Larrabee to runoff from an earthen basin at a cattle feedlot owned by Nathan Tentinger of Tentinger Farms.

Apparent over-application and a leaking pump caused runoff, turning the small creek red.  Investigators found high ammonia levels in Bear Creek but no dead fish.

The red color reached Mill Creek Wednesday night. DNR staff checked Mill Creek this morning and found no dead fish.

The DNR is considering appropriate enforcement action.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office reported the stream contamination Wednesday afternoon.