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SG-W:/ Wetland being filled in Question
- Subject: SG-W:/ Wetland being filled in Question
- From: "Kevin and Andrea Gusler" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 15:35:20 -0500
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- Reply-To: "Kevin and Andrea Gusler" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hopefully this is the correct venue for asking this
question, if not I apologize in advance.
I'm a resident of Webster Twp. in Washtenaw County,
and have a neighbor in the adjacent 10 acres to my 5 acres who 18 months ago
started bringing in numerous dump truck loads of dirt to the back 5 acres of his
property (directly next to my parcel).
He is not only dumping what I would characterize as
demolition/construction fill dirt, but he is dumping it in what is deemed to be
a regulated wetland. (doing this so he can put in a driveway through the wetland
enabling him to split and sell off (2) 2.5 acre parcels)
He had a permit, but it wasn't until I called
Washtenaw County Soil Erosion Division and informed them of what he was actually
filling in that a 'stop work order' was set in place.
Said neighbor then went to DEQ and proceeded
to get a permit from them, interestingly enough, I have a copy of a letter from
DEQ to the owner of the property dated 9/7/2000, that basically says:
1. remove dirt from wetland down to original wetland soils. 2.
put up a silt fence to stop erosion of exposed soils from coming into wetland
and 3. grade and stabilize adjacent exposed soils with
seed and mulch. As you may have guessed none of the three have been
done. Just this week one of the other neighbors got involved
and asked DEQ to suspend issuing the permit by threatening to go to the
Jurisdiction over this area has been bounced back
and fourth between the two aforementioned agencies, but neither is willing to
accept control of this situation. Therefore myself and the other
surrounding neighbors effected by the lack of drainage due to a compacted/dammed
up wetland are basically sitting in our very own private lakes in what once was
We are trying to get the director of the DEQ and
Soil Erosion Division out to the site at the same time so they can once and for
all decide whose jurisdiction this area is under, but neither myself or my
neighbors are very hopeful that this will work out.
We have also contacted the Drain Commissioners
Office and the Department of Environmental Health, Neither seemed to think they
could help out.
The neighbor has the right to not only put in a
driveway, but sell off the parcels, I don't dispute that at all, my problem is
he has changed the contour of the land, he has changed the natural drainage of
the land, he has brought in what might very well be contaminated fill dirt, and
he has filled in a wetland. Being a reasonable person, all I want is the correct
procedures to be followed so as to not effect others adjacent to this parcel.
This is really all I'm asking for, and yet it seems even that is
My two questions are:
1. It seems that the agencies whose job it is
to regulate these issues are not really going to do anything, does anyone have
suggestions of local or state environmental groups that might be interested in
taking up the cause of a wetland being filled in?
2. Does it seem to everyone that you can
basically ignore regulations, and getting permits etc.... because no
Governmental Agency is willing to regulate their own laws anyway?
Thank You for you time
Frustrated Land Owner