A Manitowoc County, Wisconsin dairy producer is offering to pay a $15,000 reward for information that helps lead to the arrest and conviction of vandals who opened a valve that let liquid manure flow across the farm.

The October incident is the latest of several vandalism incidents to occur at the 3,500-cow Maple Leaf Dairy.

Many neighbors who oppose the dairy blame it for polluting area streams. They have formed a group called Centerville Cares. Recently the group filed suit in ManitowocCounty contesting the dairy’s operating permit. The group contends that the Department of Natural Resources did not complete a thorough analysis of the farm’s pollution impact.

However, Tod Leiteritz, Maple Leaf Dairy, insists his farm is not the source of odor and pollution problems in the area. According to the Janesville Gazette, the DNR has never taken action against Maple Leaf Dairy for pollution problems. DNR officials are currently investigating two recent manure spills in the area.

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