DNR Checks on Dumping in Woodbury County Stream
Posted: 11/03/2011

A Correctionville man captured in a photo dumping scrap fencing wire into the Little Sioux River earlier this week has agreed to remove the material from the river.

A photo of Joe Linn, of Correctionville, dumping the wire into the river from a flatbed pickup truck near the Washta Access in Woodbury County was captured by a citizen and posted to an internet site earlier this week drawing several angry responses from visitors to the site (http://www.iowasportsman.com/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=666953).

Environmental specialists from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources investigated the site on Tuesday and Linn agreed to remove the material from the river after visiting with the DNR officials.

“We have a situation here that was very visible and is garnering a great amount of attention for the right reason – we can’t have people dumping trash into our rivers and the public that has commented so far is clearly stating that this kind of activity cannot and should not be tolerated,” said Ken Hessenius, supervisor of the DNR’s environmental field office in Spencer.

Dumping materials into the rivers is prohibited by state law. Hessenius said DNR officials will determine what enforcement actions, including penalties, may be levied. 

For more information contact Ken Hessenius, supervisor of the DNR’s Spencer field office, at 712-262-4177 or Kenneth.Hessenius@dnr.iowa.gov.