Staff from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Kewaunee County are investigating a manure spill in the town of Lincoln that was reported Friday morning (Sept. 6).

The county issued a drinking water advisory for Town of Lincoln residents and businesses in the area of CTH P and Pheasant Road to use caution with drinking water.

Manure spread on nearby fields by contractors for El-Na Farms apparently washed off after what the DNR called “a significant overnight rain event” on Thursday. El-Na Farms is taking steps to contain and collect the manure laden water, the DNR said.

State and county staff are collecting water samples to assess water impacts.

Due to the karst nature of the area, an alert went out on text/phone to those in the affected area who are registered under the RAVE notification system and on Facebook (Kewaunee County, Kewaunee County Emergency Management, Kewaunee County Public Health Department and Kewaunee County Land & Water Conservation Department pages).

The Kewaunee County Public Health Department was also going door to door of homes and businesses in the area with notice to use caution with drinking water. Officials advise that bottled water is used if there is a difference in color, smell or taste of tap water.

The county Public Health and Land & Water Conservation departments have water testing kits available. If those in the affected area have questions, contact Public Health at 920-388-7160 or Land & Water Conservation at 920-845-9700.

Kewaunee County residents interested in signing up for RAVE system messaging can do so online through the Kewaunee County website at www.kewauneeco.org under the Stay Informed icon.