Fish Kill From Manure in Clay County Stream
Posted: 09/22/2011

PETERSON – The DNR found dead fish Wednesday in a county wildlife area about one mile south of a manure spill that entered a small stream northeast of Peterson in Clay County Monday morning.

The DNR found a limited number of dead creek chubs, minnows, stonerollers, white suckers and northern pike where the stream runs through the Bertram Wildlife Area Wednesday. The Clay County Conservation Board manages the area.

Previously the DNR traced the manure to a 4000-head swine confinement owned by Bruce Click of Peterson. The wildlife area is directly downstream of the hog operation. DNR specialists are linking the fish kill and manure spill after taking water samples and testing ammonia levels up and down the stream.

The DNR will continue to monitor the situation and consider appropriate enforcement action.

Click said he pumped liquid manure from under-building pits to a nearby field after a water line broke, flooding the pits. He was unaware that the manure was leaving the field.