- Associated Press - Monday, February 17, 2014

MONTEREY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - The owner of a western Michigan dairy farm that’s the source of a liquid manure leak and a state environmental official say water conditions are improving in the area.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says it began investigating Friday after getting calls about a possible spill. The manure from an open-air lagoon at Schaendorf dairy farm in Monterey Township got into a creek and spread for at least five miles.

The leak was stopped Saturday. Farm owner John Schaendorf says snow covered a pipe where the waste was flowing.

Schaendorf and DEQ analyst Bruce Washburn tell The Associated Press on Monday that conditions are improving in the area as cleanup continues. Washburn says the water “cleared up significantly” from a few days ago and the odor of manure dissipated.