Hudson Valley News
9:47 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Feds File, Settle Suit Over Wetlands Filled In A Rockland Town

Credit Courtesy of the Town of Ramapo

The U.S. attorney has sued a town in the Hudson Valley over violations of the Clean Water Act.

The U.S. has filed and simultaneously settled a lawsuit against the Rockland County Town of Ramapo for illegally discharging fill material into wetlands in 2010 during construction of Provident Bank Park, home to a minor league baseball team. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says the town, in a consent decree filed Tuesday, admits and accepts responsibility for the violations, and will pay a $125,000 penalty. The consent decree, which still needs the court’s final approval, also says the town will establish more than two acres of wetlands to compensate for the wetlands that were improperly filled during the construction of the stadium.