MAHAULEPU, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An environmental watchdog group came out on top in court over clean water violations by a Kauai dairy.
A federal court ordered Hawaii Dairy Farms to pay $506,000 to The Friends of Mahaulepu, an environmental watchdog organization.
The money will go to cover legal fees encountered over a three-year legal battle.
The group brought to light violations of the Clean Water Act by the dairy, and the courts sided with The Friends of Mahaulepu.
Hawaii Dairy Farms was forced to adjust their operations and pay $125,000 for environmental work.
The awarding of legal fees is also meant to encourage citizen groups to continue serving as environmental watchdogs.
On the Big Island, similar violations resulted in fines for an Ookala farm that polluted the nearby area with fecal runoff earlier this year.