A 2,000-cow dairy southwest of Syracuse, N.Y., has been cited for manure runoff entering two waterways after heavy rains on Dec. 21.

A Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman said Twin Birch Farm, located in Skaneateles, N.Y., had a manure-management plan; however, farm owner Dirk Young allegedly failed to comply with water-quality standards.

According to an article in the Syracuse Post-Standard, quoting the DEC spokeswoman, Young was told to build a dirt wall, replant grass and take other steps to avoid runoff. 

Manure runoff was found in a tributary into Dutch Hollow Brook, which feeds the Owasco Lake Watershed and Austin Brook, which leads to Skaneateles Lake, after almost half an inch of water fell on Dec. 21.

DEC spokeswoman Diane Carlton said testing by the Syracuse Water Authority found Skaneateles Lake to be normal.

Twin Birch Farm was named the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation Farm of the Year in 2002.

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Source: Syracuse Post-Standard