United Meadows Dairy in Wrightstown, Wis., will pay $46,000 to settle allegations that it violated state water-pollution-control laws.

According to the complaint, United Meadows Dairy collects the manure and sand bedding from its operations in a clay-lined open-topped manure storage pit.

“Twice during 2005, the manure pit became too full and overtopped,” according to The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis. “In 2007, the manure pit overtopped again, and 20,000 to 30,000 gallons of liquid manure flowed through Apple Creek and into the Fox River,” the article said.

The settlement requires United Meadows to upgrade its manure pit, manure-loading platform and other features.

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Source: Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent and ChicagoTribune