Northern Vermont’s Jay Peak ski resort will pony up $80,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency for filling in two acres of waterways with sand, dirt, and rocks in 2004 through 2006. The ski area dumped construction fill from a new golf course in “numerous wetlands and streams”, the EPA said, and didn’t have a permit, violating the Clean Water Act.
“Filling wetlands can exacerbate flooding,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office. “Recent flooding in parts of Vermont underscores how devastating floods can be. Wetlands can help reduce the impact of flooding, because they act like sponges and can reduce the effects that heavy rain storms have on the surrounding communities.”
Jay worked with the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to restore Jay Branch Brook, which flows into the Missisiquoi River and eventually into Lake Champlain. A spokesman for the resort invoked the Homer Simpson defense (“It was like that when I got here”), blaming Jay’s previous owner.
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