CARVER, Ore. (AP) -- A Clackamas County businessman has drawn an $8,500 fine from the Oregon Agriculture Department, which has ordered him to keep his 200-plus water buffalo from polluting a stream.

Property owner Terry Emmert was also fined in 2007.

The Agriculture Department says water samples taken at seven locations last month showed levels of fecal bacteria that were 60 to 2,700 times greater than the maximum safe level. Emmert has until the end of the month to submit a waste management plan.

He's best known as the owner of a company that moves big buildings and massive objects. He promotes water buffalo as a healthful alternative to beef.

Emmert says he did everything asked of him when serious fecal bacteria contamination was found in 2007. He says geese that congregate on his agricultural ponds may be responsible this time.


Information from: The Oregonian,

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