Montville (WTNH) - An illegal boat ramp leads to a hefty fine against its owner inMontville.
Michael Liebig didn't think it a was a big deal when hecleared away sea grass along the river at his Montville home. Theproblem is he didn't have a permit.
"I didn't think I needed a permit to clean up down here," saidLiebig.
He also built an eleven foot wide concrete boat ramp alsowithout a permit.
"There was a launch here already and I made it better," hesaid.
Now, the Montville man faces one of the state's largest finesfor violating tidal wetlands law.
"I can't afford a $100,000 fine," he said. "I mean, it's gonnabreak me."
Liebig said he removed most of the boat launch after receiving aCease and Desist Order from the DEP in October 2006.
But the state took action because he didn't finish the job orrestore the wetlands which will cost about $75,000.
"I have to hire a scientist to make the mud," said Liebig. "Ihave to hire someone to grow the grass."
In Liebig's case, the DEP said someone complained about what hewas doing.
"I know I did wrong so it has to go back; there's no 'ifs, ands,or buts' about it," he said.
Liebig said he didn't do it right away because he had to finishhis house first.
Liebig hopes if he restores the wetlands, the state may give hima break on the fine. With summer almost half over, he wouldn'treally be able to begin that restoration until the spring.
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