Residents learn more about 300K-gallon manure spill

Pipe ruptured Dec. 1 at Dane Co. manure digester

Published On: Dec 09 2013 10:11:32 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 09 2013 10:15:48 PM CST
WAUNAKEE, Wis. -

Residents had a chance to learn more about the 300,000 gallons of manure that spilled near Waunakee last week.

County environmental regulators were on hand Monday night at the village hall answering people’s questions.

The spill happened in a field Dec. 1, when a pipe ruptured at the Dane County manure digester. About 30 pounds of phosphorous made its way into Six Mile Creek, which leads to Lake Mendota.

“We just want to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Dane County Supervisor Tim Kiefer said. “There are definitely things we’re looking at, such as installing alarm systems on the piping system, putting berms, earthen berms, to prevent a spill from flowing into the creek.”

Plans for a new digester in Bristol have been sent back to several committees for another look as safety concerns are addressed.