Contact: Steve Mikkelson, 218-316-3887
Brainerd, Minn. ― Crow Wing Feeders LLC, has been fined and must take corrective actions as a result of feedlot violations at its cattle farm near Pillager, Minn.
According to Minnesota Pollution Control Agency staff inspection reports, Crow Wing Feeders allowed cattle access to Seven Mile Creek, failed to operate and maintain a manure-storage basin according to MPCA-approved plans, and housed cattle on unpermitted areas of land, which caused manure discharges to a nearby stream that resulted in excess E. coli bacteria levels. Other violations included stockpiling manure within the 50-foot setback from a road ditch and improper land application of manure, which resulted in overapplying nitrogen and phosphorus.
Seven Mile Creek and the nearby stream both drain into the Crow Wing River, which is on the MPCA’s list of impaired waters. Pollutants like E. coli, nitrogen and phosphorus can negatively impact water quality and harm aquatic life.
Crow Wing Feeders has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil penalty and complete a series of corrective actions.
When calculating penalties, the MPCA takes into account how seriously the violation affected the environment, whether it is a first-time or repeat violation, and how promptly the violation was reported to appropriate authorities. It also attempts to recover the calculated economic benefit gained by failure to comply with environmental laws in a timely manner.
For a comprehensive list of enforcement actions by the MPCA, refer to the agency's quarterly summary of enforcement actions webpage.