HILO — Five months after the owners of Big Island Dairy announced they would cease operations at the Ookala facility, by the end of April all cows had been removed and the dairy ended all milking operations ahead of schedule, according to the state Department of Health.
Big Island Dairy is on land leased from the state.
The dairy and DOH entered into an agreement at the end of March that addressed numerous discharges of wastewater containing manure from the dairy into state waters during the past two years.
That agreement required Big Island Dairy owners to terminate their dairy operations, remove all their cows from confinement on the site, clean and remove the existing wastewater system, and pay $79,000 by June of 2019.
Residents of Ookala have endured releases of manure-laden water from the dairy into nearby gulches.
Source: The Garden Island