Wetlands violations in Sauk Rapids

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Mar 13, 2013 at 7:17 am

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) A Wayzata company has agreed to pay more than $400,000 in fines for filling in a wetland near the Elk River in Sauk Rapids.

The U.S. Attorney's Office had accused DMH Partners North of violating the Clean Water Act by filling in the wetland without complying with permit terms. The permit involved commercial development of a 34-acre parcel in Sauk Rapids. The parcel had 10 acres of protected wetlands.

The permit allowed DMH to fill nearly 8 acres of wetland if the company purchased off-site wetland credits.

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspected the site, it found DMH had filled the wetland but didn't purchase the credits.

DMH agreed to pay a $75,000 civil penalty and purchase wetland credits valued at $340,000.

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