Monday, December 12, 2011

Ecology Hammers Samish River Polluters

A press release came out today from the Department of Ecology's Bellingham Office entitled:

  "Cattle ranchers fined for Samish River pollution."

It basically said that two owners of livestock in the Samish Watershed were fined $14,000 each for "... failing to keep livestock waste from polluting waterways that flow into the Samish River or to Samish Bay."

"At both locations, rainwater that contacts manure flows directly into ditches that flow to the Samish River or to Samish Bay."

That should get their attention! 

Of course there's a chance the two landowners will appeal the penalties to the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.  That's what they usually do.  Let's hope that Board, funded by taxpayer dollars, lives up to the "Pollution Control" part of their title.

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