Pork producer given $12,000 in fines for 2008 fish kill
At that time, in lieu of paying the civil penalty, owner Rick Kremer agreed to replace existing county drainage tile that is 112 years old, to install a grass and tree buffer along Price Ditch to help filter and reduce potential contaminants, reduce soil erosion and improve wildlife habitat and to install a tree buffer and windbreak around hog buildings to screen, filter and disperse potential air contaminants exhausted from the buildings. The agreed order called for the projects to be completed by July 24, 2010.
Kremer already had reimbursed the Indiana Department of Natural Resources $13,696 for the value of damage to an estimated 46,962 bass, bluegill, carp, catfish, creek chub, darters, minnows, stonerollers, suckers and other fish killed in an eight-mile stretch of Little Mississinewa River. Kremer had land-applied manure when soil and weather conditions were unsuitable.
Source: The Star Press