Long-Awaited Settlement For Department Of Natural Resources

After eleven years, the lawsuit has finally come to a close.

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The Fawn River State Fish Hatchery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is set to pay $8.5 million as part of a settlement reached in a lawsuit alleging they violated the Clean Water Act in 1998.

In May of 2000, several residents in Steuben County sued the governor and the DNR for allegedly releasing water from a mill pond into the Fawn River, causing the death of 157 fish and filling the waterway with mud. A decade later, the two sides have reached a settlement for the state to pay out money to clean up the river.

Under the settlement, the DNR admits no fault, and no damages can be collected.

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