(Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced
Feb. 8 that Martin Nygaard and Nygaard Land LLC will begin a major wetland
restoration effort on 72 acres of formerly wooded property that Nygaard owns
is east of Airport Lane and west of U.S. Highway 101 in Warrenton, Oregon.
Wetlands on the property lead to the Lewis and Clark River, which, in turn, flows
into Youngs Bay before meeting the Columbia River and flowing into the Pacific
restoration work on the property comes as part of a settlement between Nygaard
and Nygaard Land and the EPA. The EPA alleged Nygaard violated the federal
Clean Water Act by improperly discharging dredged or filled material into
wetlands without having approval via an Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act
Section 404 permit.
will pay an EPA fine of $62,924 in addition to the restoration effort.
that wetlands are vital to Oregon’s ecosystem in that they provide benefits to people,
fish and wildlife. Benefits include protecting and improving water quality,
providing fish and wildlife habitat, storing floodwaters, and maintaining
surface water flow during hot, dry summers.