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Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Judgment Requiring Suamico Property Owner to Pay $12,000 for Violations of State Waterway and Wetland Protection Laws

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Suamico property owner David Blohoweak has been ordered to pay $12,000 in forfeitures, assessments, costs and fees for illegally filling wetlands and building an artificial pond on the bank of a navigable stream without any permits from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

 

The violations occurred at Blohoweak's property in the Village of Suamico, Brown County, which is adjacent to a navigable stream known as Barkhausen Creek, since 1996.

 

Wisconsin law prohibits the discharging of pollutants to wetlands without a certification from the DNR that the discharges comply with state water quality standards. Wisconsin law also prohibits the construction of an artificial pond within 500 feet of a navigable water without a permit.

 

In addition to paying a judgment of $12,000 for the violations, Blohoweak will remove the unlawfully placed fill material from and restore the wetland areas on his property, and will obtain an after-the-fact permit for the pond.

 

"Wisconsin law requires that property owners obtain and follow permits designed to prevent pollution and to protect public rights in the state's wetlands and navigable waters," Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "The Wisconsin Department of Justice will continue to work with the DNR to ensure that Wisconsin's water resources are safeguarded through compliance with the law."

 

Assistant Attorney General JoAnne F. Kloppenburg prosecuted the case for the State.

 

Copies of the Judgment and the Stipulation and Order for Judgment are available at the following links: