Merced almond grower fined thousands for violating Clean Water Act

Edward Lynn Brown will have to pay $212,000 in civil penalties and restore and preserve 15 acres of wetland habitat.
MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- The owner of Merced Almond Orchard is being fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement Tuesday with Edward Lynn Brown.

The EPA says inspectors in 2019 determined that work by Brown to build a retention basin and access roads and plant a new almond orchard impacted more than two acres of rare vernal pool wetlands.

Brown will have to pay $212,000 in civil penalties and restore and preserve 15 acres of wetland habitat.

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