The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says blackwater, or untreated sanitary wastewater, was placed in a creek in Wapello County
DNR staff received a complaint around noon on Thursday. The wastewater was discovered in South Avery Creek, about one mile south of Chillicothe.
The blackwater was traced back to an Ecosystems trucking operation run by Jeffrey Klodt of Chillicothe, according to the DNR. Klodt said he was land applying wastewater from the city of Osceola’s wastewater treatment plant. The black liquid ran off the hilltop, following a mile-long course into an underground tile inlet, through a field and road ditch before entering the creek.
Klodt informed the staff that six truckloads of the material were already unloaded in the creek. He was told by DNR to stop unloading wastewater.
Water samples were taken from the creek but DNR staff remarked that no dead fish were found.
Children, pets, and livestock are recommended to stay away from the creek for 24 to 48 hours until after the discharge stops.
The DNR says the situation will be monitored, and consider appropriate cleanup and enforcement action.