Manure spill kills threatened steelhead in Washington creek

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — U.S. officials have fined a northwestern Washington farmer $6,750 after a manure spill killed threatened steelhead.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration earlier this week announced the fine against Harold Carbee of Bellingham.

Officials said a hose broke in May and spilled manure into Anderson Creek.

The spill killed more than 300 fish, including 89 young steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The Capital Press reports that officials said that $9 million has been spent on two bridges over the creek to improve fish passage.

Greg Busch of NOAA Fisheries said work done on salmon and steelhead recovery shouldn't go to waste.

Officials said Carbee agreed to the fine. He was also told to build a berm to contain manure-contaminated water.