After encasing portions of four streams in north Georgia and dumping fill materials into them, The Duvall Development Co., Inc., and Duvall & Son Livestock, Inc. have been ordered to pay $30,000 and donate five acres of forested land to the Cattahoochee National Forest. In a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency, the defendants were charged with dumping materials into tributaries of Stekoa Creek near their property without a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-issued permit between 2004 and 2005.
The streams are headwater streams and provide resources and habitats for endangered species as well as recharge groundwater and cycled nutrients.
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