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WAUKESHA – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced that his office has settled a civil environmental prosecution which had been brought against Edgewood Golf Course, Inc., and its owner, Fred Millies, for their alleged violations of wetland and waterway protection laws in the course of various golf course construction projects. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had asked the Wisconsin Department of Justice to prosecute the company and its owner for violating state laws which prohibit filling wetlands, dredging ponds, or placing material into waterways without DNR-issued permits. The defendants have operated a golf course near Big Bend, in Waukesha County, for more than 40 years. Portions of the course lie along the Fox River and it includes a substantial amount of wetlands and numerous ponds.
The lawsuit charges the defendants with:
To their credit, Van Hollen said, the defendants promptly took steps, after the violations were discovered by a DNR warden, to remove all illegal fill from wetland areas. Now, under the terms of a settlement agreement which has now been approved by Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis, the defendants will also:
"The Wisconsin Department of Justice will continue to work with DNR to ensure that the law is followed," said Van Hollen.
Recently retired Assistant Attorney General Thomas Dosch handled the prosecution.