- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The owner of a small island in the San Francisco Bay Area is set to be fined $2.8 million following allegations he filled in wetlands to the detriment of fish, wildlife and water quality.

The East Bay Times reports (https://bit.ly/2hyoNMv ) that the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board had been considering a fine of $4.6 million against owner John Sweeney. Officials say it is believed to be the largest penalty in the history of board.

Regional water board prosecution team members say Sweeney harmed Grizzly Bay fish and water quality by filling in some tidal wetlands and cutting off tidal action to others.

Sweeney says he did nothing wrong in fixing broken levees on the 50-acre Buckler Point Island.

Sweeney says he was fixing old duck club levees as is routinely done by duck clubs in the Suisun Marsh.

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Information from: Contra Costa Times, https://www.contracostatimes.com

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