A recent settlement in a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit against Casella Waste Systems will be put to work for local conservation, said representatives for the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust (ACT), which received $50,000 under the settlement terms. The case against Casella was brought in 2018 by the Conservation Law Foundation and Community Action Works for the discharge of pollutants from Casella’s North Country Environmental Services landfill in Bethlehem into the Ammonoosuc River. The parties’ settlement agreement was entered in the case docket by Paul Barbadoro, judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, on Jan. 11. Under the terms of the settlement, Casella/NCES has two years to apply for all necessary permits to perform removal of contaminated sediments and site restoration work at the large seep and drainage channel located between the landfill and the Ammonoosuc River. The company then has one year to complete the cleanup.