Allegan Co. no-contact water advisory lifted

Liquid manure that leaked into the Rabbit River in Allegan County has caused the health department to issue a no contact advisory. (Feb. 17, 2014)

HOPKINS, Mich. (WOOD) — A no-contact water advisory that was issued for some Allegan County residents in February following a manure spill has been lifted.

The advisory went into effect on Feb. 17 after a manure leak was discovered at Shaendorf Dairy Farm.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality said an unknown amount of liquid manure had already been released into a drain leading into Bear Creek and the Rabbit River by the time the leak was discovered.

Samples were collected both upstream and downstream from the leak and Thursday, based on the results of that testing, the public health advisory was lifted.

Health officials said residents who live in the area of the leak should continue to use caution, since the heavy snowmelt and run-off may still contain livestock waste.

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