Structure will be returned to original height

Last updated: February 28. 2014 11:43PM - 2382 Views
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HARVEYS LAKE — The state Department of Environmental Protection and the owner of a private dam on a spillway at Harveys Lake have entered into an agreement to remove modifications to the dam.

The agreement between the DEP and Lynette Moretti was detailed in a consent order released this week.

Moretti is to remove within 10 days the capstones and mortar she used to raise the dam. She also has 60 days to submit a drawing signed by a licensed engineer or surveyor showing that the dam has been removed.

According to the DEP, Moretti allegedly raised the elevation of the primary spillway without a required permit. Moretti was ordered to remove flagstones she had placed atop the dam in November, but she appealed the order to the state Environmental Hearing Board.

Part of the agreement was that DEP would not pursue civil penalties against Moretti. She initially faced fines of up to $10,000, as well as $500 per day. The agreement will restore the primary spillway to the height in 1929 U.S. Geological Survey data.

“We believe that it’s a fair agreement for all parties, especially the residents out there,” DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said.

Connolly said that Moretti believed that the additional layer would have restored the dam to its historical height, but that was not the case.

Residents feared the boathouses and docks on the lake will sustain significant damage due to the dam. They also feared that there was the potential for flooding as the weather warms and the snow begins to melt.

Calls to officials at Harveys Lake were not returned Friday.

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