The Santa Barbara Channelkeepers settled a long-simmering lawsuit against the Polo Club, claiming that horse droppings produced by the polo ponies were being washed down a drainage ditch that fed into a creek that emptied into the ocean. The two sides filed a consent decree in federal court Monday in which the Polo Club agreed to stop any further animal waste discharges during summer months, and to adopt a series of new practices designed to prevent water that’s come into contact with horse droppings from running off the lawn. If the Polo Club violates the terms of the settlement in the next three years, it will be required to build $3 million worth of stables.

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