An Anonymous Tip Reveals a "Massive" Manure Spill at Emerald Sky Dairy

Ninety families live within two miles of Emerald Sky Dairy and area residents are encouraging their neighbors to get their wells tested since this spill occurred nearly 4 months ago and ground water may have been affected. Clean up from a “massive” manure spill is still going on one week after an anonymous tip lead County and DNR staff to Emerald Sky Dairy in Emerald, WI. The tip indicated there had been a spill of “tens of thousands of gallons of manure water” that had not been reported to DNR officials as required by the dairy's permits with State and local entities. No time line was given as to when this occurred. County staff investigated and found tens of thousands of gallons of both liquid and solid manure in the storm water pond and adjacent wetland at Emerald Sky Dairy. According to staff at Emerald Sky Dairy, this occurred in December 2016, but wasn't reported to the DNR until 3/29/17 upon encouragement by St. Croix County staff. A check valve had burst, causing the spill, but has since been repaired with no immediate concern of further contamination. Source: http://bit.ly/2oyNBXm

 The clean-up is on the way and this is 4 months later not when it took place.

The clean-up is on the way and this is
4 months later not when it took place.

 Emerald Sky Dairy is located around wetlands, the spill can lead to disaster.

Emerald Sky Dairy is located around wetlands, the spill can lead to disaster.

 The site of the clean-up where manure water escaped to the groundwater.

The site of the clean-up where manure water escaped to the groundwater.

 You could not built on a wetland but they can and also pollute it at your expense.

You could not built on a wetland but they can and also pollute it at your expense.

 A close-up shows some kind of effort to cover up the spill of December.

A close-up shows some kind of effort to cover up the spill of December.

 Thousands of gallons of both liquid and solid manure in the storm water pond.

Thousands of gallons of both liquid and solid manure in the storm water pond.

 Todd Tuls of Nebraska is named as Emerald Sky Dairy’s Operator. He said that heavy snow cover in December hid the manure spill from staff at the farm and they’ve been working with the DNR and contractors to clean it up. He forgot to mention, there are 90 homes around this toxic spill and water tests may reveal this was a catastrophic failure on the hands of these operators.

Todd Tuls of Nebraska is named as Emerald Sky Dairy’s Operator. He said that heavy snow cover in December hid the manure spill from staff at the farm and they’ve been working with the DNR and contractors to clean it up. He forgot to mention, there are 90 homes around this toxic spill and water tests may reveal this was a catastrophic failure on the hands of these operators.


Say NO to CAFO, Water contamination is real!

(CAFO) Stands for: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation. Contact St. Croix County Health and Human Service.

 

Department of Health and
Human Services – Public Health

1752 Dorset Lane
New Richmond WI 54017
Phone: (715) 246.8263

Report any incidents of spills or mismangement of waste to St. Croix County
Community Development department, Steve Olson at
Email: steve.olson@co.saint-croix.wi.us /  Phone: (715) 531-1909



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