Sonoma County Vineyard Faces Multi-Million Dollar Fine

A vineyard executive is facing a multi-million-dollar fine from the state after allegedly causing environmental damage in a rural area east of Cloverdale. Hugh Reimers and Krasilsa Pacific Farms are facing a fine of up to $3.75-million on suspicion of removing trees and destroying a small wetland. They’re also accused of grading and ripping land near tributaries to Little Sulphur Creek, Big Sulphur Creek and Crocker Creek in the Russian River Watershed. And, the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board accuses Reimers and Krasilsa Pacific Farms of failing to follow a cleanup and abatement order issued in 2019. That order required them to restore the damaged streams and wetlands.