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Cranberry farmer to pay $50K for wetlands violations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Tomah-area cranberry growing operation has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle a complaint he dammed a stream and filled in wetlands without a permit.

According to the state Justice Department, Ducklow Cranberry Co. wanted to expand operations in 1993 by damming a trout stream and filling wetlands. The agency alleges the company failed to win the proper permits, but dammed the creek and filled the wetlands anyway. DOJ officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discovered the violations in late 2007.

The settlement calls for Ducklow to restore the stream’s flow, remove a reservoir it built in the wetlands and pay $40,000 in penalties, court costs, surcharges. The company also must pay $10,000 to cover the investigation’s costs.

The cranberry company’s attorney didn’t immediately return a message Monday.

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