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Central Wisconsin farm owner fined for manure spill into wetland, river

SPENCER, WI (WTAQ) - The owner of a farm near Spencer in central Wisconsin has been fined $460 for allowing an estimated one million gallons of manure to spill from a storage tank.

Marathon County conservation officials said the manure spilled for about a year into a wetland, as well as the nearby Little Eau Pleine River.

The farm's owner, Patrick Willcome, pleaded no contest recently to violating state water pollution laws.

The DNR said about 600,000 gallons of manure from the 120-cow farm leaked from last September through May. That was after the farm's two manure spreaders had broke.

State officials were tipped off to the matter by an anonymous letter in early May. Since then, the DNR said the farm's operators were receptive to the agency's requests for information.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)