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Environmentalists: Manure spills endangering Wisconsin water


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Environmental advocates warn that manure spills are putting Wisconsin's water supply at risk.

Livestock operations have spilled at least 4.8 million gallons of manure since 2009, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources data and published reports across Gannett Wisconsin Media.

More than 3 million gallons of manure spilled in 2013 and 2014. The numbers could be even higher because the DNR's records don't include cases that are still under investigation by the agency.

DNR records show most of the incidents resulted from equipment malfunctions or accidents.

DNR spokesman Ed Culhane says most spills are cleaned up without any measurable harm to people or animals.

But at least some have caused fish kills, polluted wetlands and contaminated drinking water, according to reports published by Gannett Wisconsin Media.

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