An undetermined amount of wastewater from a Saline County swine farm ran off from the field where it was being applied and into a local creek Wednesday, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The department dispatched an investigator to Saline County Wednesday after receiving a complaint of animal waste in an unnamed tributary to Pass Branch. The investigator determined that the animal waste originated from a field where it had been applied by the Bernard Bargfrede Swine Farm, located on Highway 20, near Blackburn.
Department staff advised the operator of the farm to construct temporary berms below the land application field and in the stream to contain the wastewater and pump it back to the lagoon.
Land applying wastewater from agricultural lagoons is allowed under the condition that it does not leave the site or enter waters of the state.
The department's Northeast Regional Office in Macon, which conducted the investigation, notified the Department of Health and Senior Services and suggested that any appropriate public health advisories be issued.
To report an environmental emergency, including after-hour sewage overflows, please contact the DNR spill line at 573-634-2436.
To report sewage overflows during regular business hours, contact the nearest regional office. A list of regional offices, their contact information and service areas is available online: http://dnr.mo.gov/regions/regions.htm.