Manure spill clears out Black River

Posted August 15, 2005: Three million gallons of liquid cow manure poured into the Black River sometime around Thursday morning. The spill occurred when a wall of the reservoir at Marks Farm, one of New York’s largest dairy farms, gave way. Workers’ efforts to contain the spill failed and in the end the contamination was roughly a fourth the size of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The spill has already effected several communities in the Adirondack region especially those in the tourist industry who rely on the river. But perhaps the largest and most lingering effect will come to the occupants of the river itself, experts are estimating millions of trout, bass, pickerel, pike and walleye, will be lost before the incident is over.

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