The Department of Environmental Protection has recently fined a Pennsylvania man over one hundred and thirty seven thousand dollars for violating wetlands regulations by constructing a man-made pond that impacted a nearby trout fishery.
For two years, between 2009 and 2010, the man performed construction work on the land without obtaining the necessary permits for wetlands. The construction was for a recreational pond. As a result of the excavation, drainage, and re-configuration of the water-flow, two acres of protected wetlands were negatively impacted by removal of almost one thousand feet of running stream-water.
The Department of Environmental Protection served two compliance orders after routine inspections revealed the construction work had impacted the nearby trout-fishery. A further inspection reveled that the required construction activity plans that would illustrate compliance with the wetlands regulations were never filed and civil action proceeding were initiated.
In addition to the fine, restoration of the property and remediation of the damage must take place over the next six months.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: The Environmental Protection Agency takes wetlands regulations seriously! If you or a customer want a construction project to happen in this kind of area, it’s essential that you receive the necessary authorizations and permits. If you don’t, you can end up with legal proceedings, fines, and even having to spend more money to un-do the work that has already taken place!