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Soil Contamination Suit Pits Farm Against Gun Club

posted on August 25, 2006

A soil contamination dispute in Scott County, Iowa is pitting a farm couple against the owners of a gun club.

David and Vickie Gawreluk own farmland just west of McCausland, Iowa. Part of their property borders the shooting range for the DLS Gun Club, which offers trap and skeet shooting to the public.

Lead shot from the range has fallen on the Gawreluk's property. The couple's sole income comes from farming the land, and Vickie Gawreluk worries about the effect of the lead on water sources and the nearby Wapsipinicon River.

Linda Sawvell, who owns the gun club along with her husband, Don, said the business is cooperating fully with the DNR. "We work right along with the DNR and do what they say needs to be done," she said.

Although State officials have worked on the issue for more than a year and several regulations have already been implemented, Vicki Gawreluk said attempts to obtain government help in selling their crops have fallen on deaf ears.

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