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Liquid manure spills into Allegan Co. creek


ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - A clean-up is underway in Allegan County after an undetermined amount of liquid manure spilled into a creek.

The Michigan DEQ says that a piece of equipment at a dairy farm on 30th Avenue in Hopkins failed and caused the manure to leak into Bear Creek and then into the Rabbit River. The DEQ says, at this point, the spill is not considered a public health risk.

The discharge was noticed on Friday and was fixed on Saturday, so no manure is currently leaking into the creek.

The Allegan County Health Department has issued a advisory recommending no contact with surface water due to the potential of high bacteria levels. It is recommended that Bear Creek and the Rabbit River downstream to where it enters the Kalamazoo River at New Richmond not be used for fishing or recreational activity until the advisory is lifted.