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E-M:/ ABC News.com Manure Blamed for killing fish

one day of liquid manure spreading destroys 30 years of conservation work.  

Michigan faces the same degradation -- March has been the worst month for animal waste running into streams here.
Manure Blamed for Killing Wisconsin Trout http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=543065

MADISON, Wis. Mar 1, 2005 — Manure spread on a frozen field is blamed for killing dozens of brown trout in a southern Wisconsin stream, just months after the federal government removed the river from its list of impaired waters.

Environmental groups and volunteers spent hundreds of hours turning the shallow, muddy West Branch of the Sugar River into prime trout habitat, with the help of more than $900,000 in state and federal grants.

The stream was damaged after a farmer spread liquid cow manure on an icy field, just weeks before public hearings start on proposed new rules that would streamline the process for expanding livestock farms in the state.

A thaw Friday sent the waste running into the stream, said Michael Sorge, a water resources specialist with the state Department of Natural Resources. He said the trout were killed by ammonia from the manure. ...