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Advisory lifted on two Allegan County waterways


ALLEGAN COUNTY (WKZO) -- The Allegan County Health Department is lifting the no contact advisory for Bear Creek and the Rabbit River downstream to the Kalamazoo River at New Richmond.

Water samples were collected upstream and downstream from the liquid manure spill last week and based on the results of the lab tests, the public health advisory is being lifted

The DEQ blamed a valve failure in a system constructed to control storm water runoff from a dairy farm in Allegan County for the spill of animal wastes into Bear Creek.

At one point they were attempting to mitigate a five-mile long plume of the animal wastes.

Its not as though they had a lot of people waiting to take a dive into the waterways at this time of the year, but Michigan’s fishing season does officially being on Tuesday.

Health officials say people should still proceed with caution because of the excessive snow melt and run off.

They say waterways could still contain livestock waste, which can include bacteria that can cause water bourn illnesses.