WAKEFIELD RESIDENT FINED FOR WETLANDS VIOLATIONS

by Christian Mower on October 13, 2011

A SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE IN CARROLL COUNTY HAS APPROVED A SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE AND A WAKEFIELD RESIDENT RESOLVING VIOLATIONS OF STATE WETLANDS LAWS.

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE SAYS JUDGE STEVEN HOURAN’S DECISION INVOLVES PROPERTY OWNED BY GINO TZORTZI ON GREAT EAST LAKE IN WAKEFIELD.

THE STATE ALLEGED IN A LAWSUIT TZORTZI INSTALLED A PERMANENT DOCK, DREDGED AND FILLED 4,500 SQUARE FEET OF THE LAKE BED AND INSTALLED A 100 FOOT LONG ROCK WALL ON THE LAKE WITHOUT GETTING PERMITS FROM THE NEW HAMPSHIRE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES.

THE STATE ALSO ALLEGED TZORTZI FAILED TO COMPLY WITH AN ORDER TO RECTIFY THE VIOLATIONS.

THE SETTLEMENT IMPOSES A $40,000 PENALTY – HALF OF WHICH WILL BE SUSPENDED IF TZORTZI REMOVES THE REMAINING ROCK WALL DURING THE FALL DRAWDOWN OF THE LAKE WHILE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A QUALIFIED WETLANDS CONSULTANT.

NH D.E.S. COMMISSIONER TOM BURACK SAYS “WETLANDS AND SHORELANDS ARE VITAL IN PROTECTING AND MAINTAINING THE WATER QUALITY OF THE STATE’S LAKES AND RIVERS” AND THE SETTLEMENT “EXEMPLIFIES OUR COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING THESE VITAL NATURAL RESOURCES.”