- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials are investigating a manure spill in Guthrie County.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the spill was reported on Oct. 2 and came from a 14,000-head-capacity beef feedlot near Guthrie Center. The feedlot owner told officials he discovered a break in an irrigation pipe and reported it about eight hours later.

The feedlot owner, Matt Van Meter, estimates about 200,000 gallons spilled, but the amount is uncertain because he’s unsure when the pipe broke.

The manure was released into a tributary to David’s Creek. State officials say tests in the runoff from the feedlot had high ammonia levels, but field tests did not show elevated ammonia levels in the stream.

Officials checked the stream for 10 miles below the feedlot and did not find any dead fish.

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