EPA Cites Three Developers in Chesapeake and Suffolk, Virginia for Ditching and Draining Wetlands After SWANCC Decision
August 2001


EPA's mid-Atlantic region cited developers for ditching and draining wetlands in Chesapeake and Suffolk, Virginia earlier this summer. Of interest is that EPA cited the alleged parties for both filling of wetland without a permit and for not obtaining stormwater permits for the discharge of the drainage.

Vico Construction Company and Amelia Properties were cited for violations with their Lewis Farm project in Chesapeake, Virginia for filling wetlands without a permit and for discharge of stormwater without a permit.

Vico Construction Company, Smith Farm Enterprises, LLC, Raymond L. Harris, and Robert F. Boyd were cited for violations with the Smith Farm project in Chesapeake and Suffolk, Virginia for filling wetlands without a permit and for discharge of stormwater without a permit.

Vico Construction Company and Cavalier Investment Company were cited for violations with the Willow Lakes project in Chesapeake, Virginia for filling wetlands without a permit and for discharge of stormwater without a permit.

EPA is seeking penalties of $137,500 in each of these cases and is requiring filling of ditches and restoration of the sites to the previous conditions. EPA actions are part of an on-going effort to deal with violations of the Clean Water Act. EPA is continuing to pursue these action that were initiated after the SWANCC Decision (Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County v. Corps of Engineers, 121 S. Ct. 675 (January 9, 2001).