In 2015, cranberry company Decas sued Ryco Excavating for digging too deep into the aquifer to create a cranberry pond and not paying Decas for all of the material extracted and sold.
The town of Rochester actually enforced the Wetlands Protection Act in connection with this operation — unlike Plymouth and Carver who let these operations mine in wetlands without permits. Plymouth and Carver NEVER measure how deep the excavation goes and whether it is a legitimate “pond” for the cranberry operation or a ruse for a mining job. When Rochester measured it found a violation.
Decas was a locally owned and operated cranberry company. In 2021 it was sold to a multinational conglomerate based in Canada.
See the lawsuit here: