- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire property owner and a developer have agreed to pay the state $40,000 to resolve violations of wetlands laws.

The state said in a lawsuit that David Minghella excavated an 800-foot-long trench in wetlands on land in Moultonborough that was to be subdivided for development. The work was done at the direction of landowner Robert DeCrescenzo without a permit.

The state said the total impact to wetlands was about an acre. DeCrescenzo has since re-graded the site in accordance with a restoration plan approved by the Department of Environmental Services.

The settlement imposed an $80,000 civil penalty on the defendants. Half of that was suspended, provided that DeCrescenzo continues to monitor the restoration and the defendants don’t violate the state’s wetlands laws for two years.

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