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 say a hose broke and spilled manure into Anderson Creek. The spill in May killed more than 300 fish, including 89 young steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act. Officials say that $9 million has been spent on two bridges over the creek to improve fish passage. Greg Busch of NOAA Fisheries says work done on salmon and steelhead recovery shouldn’t go to waste.