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.