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February 11. 2014 11:17AM

Moultonborough wetlands violators fined $40K for 800-foot trench

CONCORD -- Three people have agreed to pay $40,000 for violating the state wetlands law in connection with a Moultonborough development.

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster announced the court-approved settlement Tuesday between the state, Robert and Kathie Ann DeCrescenzo, and David Minghella.

The state brought suit accusing Minghella of excavating an 800-foot long trench in wetlands on land that was to be subdivided for development. It was undertaken without permit, and around an acre of wetlands was impacted, according to Foster.

DeCrescenzo, the property owner, since had the site regraded in accordance with a restoration plan approved by the state Department of Environmental Services.

The settlement was for $80,000,  but $40,000 is suspended on the condition that DeCrescenzo continues to monitor the restoration and none of the three violates the wetlands law for two years.

DES Commissioner Thomas Burack, in the press release issued by the AG, said, “Wetlands and shorelands are vital in protecting and maintaining the water quality of the state’s lakes and rivers. This settlement and the associated restoration exemplify our commitment to protecting these vital natural resources.”


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