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Tillamook Bay close due to manure spill from nearby dairy

Image License Cropped Photo: Courtesy: USDA - Bob Nichols

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials say Tillamook Bay is temporarily closed due to a massive spill of liquid manure.

The Statesman Journal reports the bay is expected to reopen Wednesday night. Wym Mathews with the Oregon Department of Agriculture says the estimated 190,000 gallons of manure that went to the bay came from Tony Silveira after the value of an above-ground storage tank broke.

The manure travelled from three other properties before it reached a slough that connects to the drain system that pumps water into the Tillamook River connected to the bay.

ODA received reports of the spill last Wednesday.

Mathews says the Tillamook County Health Department also closed the bay to recreational shellfish harvesting.

The dairy will most likely be cited and may be fined for the incident.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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