HOWARD, Wis. (WFRV) - Officials in Howard are in hot water after an employee's actions lead to the contamination of a local trout stream and wetlands.
The Wisconsin DNR is calling it a significant environmental event that started at Valley Brooke development and led down to Lancaster Creek and the Wetlands.
It all started when a Howard Public Works employee flushed water for a new construction site.
According to an official DNR report, more than 20,000 gallons of water unleashed, flowing 900 feet through the construction area, picking up silt, clay and gravel along the way.
It continued through wetlands and finally contaminated Lancaster Creek.
More than 500 feet of contaminants were dumped in Lancaster Creek, a class II trout stream, one of only a handful in brown county
A costly environmental spill, which could cause damage well into the future
Howard taxpayers are responsible for clean-up costs.
Those figures weren't available when we asked for them.
The village of Howard could also potentially face fines from the DNR.