The New Hampshire Attorney General says a court has approved a
settlement between the state and three people over violations of
wetlands laws in Moultonborough.
Joseph Foster says the state had filed suit alleging David Minghella dug
an 800 foot trench in wetlands that belonged to Robert* *and Kathie Anne
DeCrescenzo – with the couple’s permission, but without the required permit.
The impacted land in Moultonborough – about an acre – has since been
re-graded in accordance with a restoration plan approved by the
Department of Environmental Services.
Foster says the defendants have been fined $80,000, with half the amount
suspended for two years if the restoration process is monitored and
there’s no further violation of state wetlands laws.
DES Commissioner Thomas Burack says “wetlands and shorelands are vital
in protecting and maintaining the water quality of the State’s lakes and
rivers – and the settlement and associated restoration exemplify our
commitment to protecting these vital natural resources.”