and Wetlands near Haines, Alaska
April 14, 2010
According to Marcia Combes, Director of EPA's Alaska Operations Office in Anchorage, wetlands on the Loomis' property drain into the Takhin River, an important salmon stream that flows into the Chilkat River. Both the wetlands and adjacent small stream provide essential fish habitat for juvenile coho, cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden.
"Landowners must get the necessary permits before beginning construction and fill projects to protect Alaska's unique environment," said EPA's Combes. "Filling wetlands, installing culverts and failing to control storm water runoff can harm both water quality and fish and wildlife habitat."
EPA further alleges that the Loomis' failed to obtain the necessary Clean Water Act permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation before:
1. Placing fill material into
3.3 acres of wetlands for a construction pad.
EPA has ordered the Loomis' to remove all unauthorized fill material from the salmon stream and wetlands by September 1, 2010, and to comply with stormwater requirements within 30 days of receipt of the Order. The Clean Water Act authorizes civil penalties of up to $37,500 per day of violation and administrative penalties of up to $16,000 per day for each violation.
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