No-contact advisory issued for after manure spill

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MONTEREY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Health officials have issued a no-contact advisory for water in Bear Creek and the Rabbit River following a liquid manure leak from an open-air lagoon at a western Michigan dairy farm.

The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/1chNaEp ) the advisory from the Allegan County Health Department covers the Rabbit River to where it enters the Kalamazoo River at New Richmond.

The department says Monday that fishing and other recreational activities should be postponed until the advisory is lifted.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says it began investigating Friday after getting calls about a possible spill. Temperatures were in the teens Monday, and the DEQ says cold weather helped lessen potential problems with the manure and bacteria.

The DEQ says the leak from a farm in Monterey Township was stopped Saturday.

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