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Preventing Harmful Manure Spills

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Preventing harmful manure spills

The Iowa Environmental Council analyzed public records about manure spills that reached Iowa waterways over the last decade and found spills from livestock operations remain a major threat to water quality and aquatic life. At the same time, Iowa's strategy for permitting, inspecting, and enforcing standards for livestock facilities is not providing adequate protection for Iowa's waters from spills that have proven devastating to aquatic life.

New! More inspections, fewer staff | View the interactive map | Read our report

More inspections, fewer staff

The Council has prepared a new fact sheet detailing the need for a larger DNR livestock inspections staff. View it in your browser below, or use this link to download a copy.

Impact where you live

The map below shows manure spills recorded by DNR in Iowa from 2001-2011 where manure reached water. The map is part of a new report on manure spills in Iowa the Council has prepared.

The Council's analysis

The Iowa Environmental Council has prepared a report detailing the impact manure spills have on clean water in Iowa and explaining why the state's current strategy for preventing spills is inadequate. View it in your browser below, or use this link to download a copy.

About the data

The Iowa Environmental Council compiled this spill data from four public DNR-managed databases, including the field office compliance database, fish kill database, hazardous materials release database, and the agency's online repository of administrative orders. This fact sheet includes information available to the Council through Oct. 5, 2012 and additional information provided by the DNR on October 30 and 31, 2012.