Vermont Fines Farmer For Illegal Discharge

Manure spreader flushing into Bogue Brook in blatant violation of the law. Photo from VT Agency of Agriculture.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture leveled a $40,000 fine against Leach Farms in Enosburgh Falls for illegal discharge into waters of the state. Workers at the farm flushed out their manure spreader into Bogue Brook, a tributary of the Missisquoi River. A video of the discharges was filed in Vermont Superior Court with the settlement. The violation was investigated by the Department of Environmental Conservation and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office.

“Such blatant disregard for the waters we all share is unacceptable,” said LCC Executive Director Lori Fisher. “We need to see higher penalties and more of them against such egregious violations.”