Monday, March 31, 2014
Thaw threatens water supplies with manure runoff
By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel March 30, 201With warmer weather finally on the way, state officials are warning farmers and the public that there is a potentially high risk across most of Wisconsin for manure to pollute groundwater, streams, rivers and lakes.
Following the highest number of manure spills in seven years in 2013, this year's threat is due to melting snow and rainfall that could send soil and animal waste into streams.
Under the right conditions, manure also could soak into aquifers, from which drinking water is drawn.