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Maricopa ordered to restore Pond and Wetlands in Anchorage

Release Date: 11/8/2005
Contact Information: Steve Roy
(206) 553-6221

November 8, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found Maricopa Limited, Inc. in violation of sections 402 & 404 of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) for excavating a ditch to drain a pond & adjacent wetlands; in so doing, they discharged excavated material into the pond & wetlands and caused sediment-laden water to enter salmon-bearing Little Campbell Creek. EPA has ordered Maricopa to restore the affected pond & wetlands (approximately 1.5 acre area) and implement stormwater pollution prevention measures. The pond and wetlands are located at 79th Avenue at Petersburg Street Pond in Anchorage, AK.

"Wetlands serve important functions such as purifying water and providing habitat for fish and wildlife," said Marcia Combes, Director of EPA's Alaska Office in Anchorage. "EPA is serious about protecting wetlands and how important it is to get a dredge and fill permit prior to doing any work in waters of the U.S. including wetlands."

Maricopa Limited, Inc. shall submit a draft Work Plan for approval by EPA within thirty (30) days of receiving the Order. The work plan must include removal of unauthorized fill material discharged into the pond, revegetation of disturbed portions of the pond and its outlet ditch, and re-establishment of an ordinary high water (OHW) level in the pond. Maricopa Limited, Inc. has agreed to submit the required restoration work plan.

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