Judge Rules Against State in New Hampshire Fish Hatchery Case

CLF’s lawsuit, alleging unlawful pollution at Powder Mill Hatchery, will continue

January 29, 2021 (CONCORD, NH) – A federal judge has denied the State of New Hampshire’s attempt to dismiss Conservation Law Foundation’s (CLF) lawsuit alleging violations of the Clean Water Act at the state-owned Powder Mill Fish Hatchery. CLF’s lawsuit alleges that New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is violating the Clean Water Act by dumping millions of gallons of polluted wastewater daily from the hatchery into the Merrymeeting River.

“Pollution from the state’s Powder Mill hatchery continues to poison the Merrymeeting River,” said Kenta Tsuda, CLF Staff Attorney. “It’s time the state is finally held accountable for undermining the river’s ecosystem and imperiling public health. The court’s ruling is an important step forward in cleaning up and protecting this river once and for all.”

The case will now proceed to trial.

CLF experts are available for further comment.