Lynden dairy fined $7,500 for manure runoff

A Badger Road dairy farm was fined $7,500 for violations of the Clean Water Act.

The R. Bajema Farm at 792 E. Badger Road was hit with the fine for a manure runoff incident in 2013, according to a news release from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

During an inspection of the farm, EPA staff observed the discharge of water polluted with manure to a ditch that flows into Fishtrap Creek and the Nooksack River. That ditch empties in waters off Whatcom County near shellfish beds.

The farm agreed to correct the issues causing the discharges, according to the news release. When reached by phone, Roger Bajema said they took several steps to prevent it from happening again.

“We take any sort of problem like this very seriously,” he said.