An Iowa man now has several of his weekends booked with prison time after a water pollution violation. Fifty-eighty-year-old Michael Wolf of Remsen was sentenced to six weekends in prison after pleading guilty to one count of knowingly discharging a pollutant into a waterway.
Wolf was the maintenance manager at Sioux-Preme Packing in Sioux Center when materials and ag waste was discharged from one of the company’s waste lagoons into a tributary of the west branch of the Floyd River in 2014. The discharge lasted 11 hours and killed more than 190-thousand fish with an estimated value of $20,000.
Officials from the DNR say Wolf lied to them about the spill, which delayed their response and likely made the impact worse. Wolf will have to serve one year of probation following his six weekends in prison.