Penalty issued after wetlands violation

by Christian Mower on February 12, 2014

The New Hampshire Attorney General says a court has approved a settlement between the state and three people over violations of wetlands laws in Moultonborough.

Joseph Foster says the state had filed suit alleging David Minghella dug an 800 foot trench in wetlands that belonged to Robert and Kathie Anne DeCrescenzo – with the couple’s permission, but without the required permit.

The impacted land in Moultonborough – about an acre – has since been re-graded in accordance with a restoration plan approved by the Department of Environmental Services.

Foster says the defendants have been fined $80,000, with half the amount suspended for two years if the restoration process is monitored and there’s no further violation of state wetlands laws.

DES Commissioner Thomas Burack says “wetlands and shorelands are vital in protecting and maintaining the water quality of the State’s lakes and rivers – and the settlement and associated restoration exemplify our commitment to protecting these vital natural resources.”