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EPA REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH LONG BEACH ISLAND FOUNDATION OF ARTS AND SCIENCES ON WETLANDS FILL VIOLATIONS IN LOVELADIES (NJ)

 NEW YORK, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced it has reached a settlement with the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts and Sciences in Loveladies, N.J., for filling wetlands without a federal permit for the construction of tennis courts and parking areas.
 "We took action under the federal Clean Water Act to protect valuable wetlands," said Kathleen Callahan, acting EPA regional administrator. "The Ffoundation will remove a portion of the fill and restore the wetlands to pre-construction conditions. Additional wetlands will be created from uplands and existing wetlands on the property will be enhanced. The Ffoundation will preserve all of these wetlands in perpetuity and hold environmental classes on wetlands ecology. The Ffoundation is subject to a $1,000-per-day penalty if it fails to comply."
 The Clean Water Act requires authorization by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prior to the placement of fill into waters of the United States, which includes federally regulated wetlands. The Corps makes its permit decisions in coordination with EPA, which assists with technical advice and enforcement actions.
 "Wetlands, which typically include marshes, swamps and bogs, are important water resources which provide habitat for fish and wildlife, provide recreation, protect water quality, retain floodwaters and reduce shoreline erosion. Half of the nation's original wetlands have already been lost," Ms. Callahan said.
 The Foundation, which filled 2.69 acres of wetlands, is required to restore 0.83 acres of wetlands, create 0.35 acres of wetlands from two on-site upland locations, and enhance 2.5 acres of existing wetlands. The Foundation will monitor the site for three years to assure the success of the mitigation.
 The purpose of the mitigation is to compensate for some of the wetland values lost as a result of the fill. In addition, the mitigation site will serve as a natural classroom for the wetlands ecology classes to be held by the Foundation.
 The Foundation signed the compliance order without admitting liability, but agreed to be bound by the order, which requires completion of work within six months.
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 /CONTACT: Herman Phillips of the EPA, 212-264-2515/


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