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Lakeside, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Michael Leon Mast and Jared Michael Mast of Reedsport $15,357 for allowing stormwater and sediment at a property they own in Lakeside to wash or drain into a wetland.

The pair owns a property on Wind Song Lane, a private road in Lakeside. In 2016, they removed stumps from the property and built an unnamed private road. DEQ inspected the site in March and May and found that sediment from the roads was accumulating in the wetland.

Sediment deposits, like the one the unpermitted discharge caused, can degrade water quality and harm aquatic life. Of the penalty, $2,157 represents the economic benefit the pair gained by failing to prevent the discharge and the costs associated with avoiding taking corrective actions. DEQ's order requires the pair to take corrective actions to keep stormwater and sediment from washing into the wetland.

Mast and Mast have appealed the penalty.

View the enforcement letters at: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/100317mast.pdf

Contact
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, benenati.katherine@deq.state.or.us

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