EPA orders river bank restoration

A compliance order issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires  Robert and Marilyn Malloy to remove unauthorized fill material they placed along the bank of the Rogue River at their property in Eagle Point.

“The onus is on property owners to do their research and read the regulations,” said Tony Barber, EPA’s Oregon Operations Office Director. “The consequence of not doing so is too great: Our valuable water resources and wildlife are put at risk.” 

The Malloys placed riprap, a material used to armor shorelines from waves and water erosion, along a 345 foot section of stream bank. The alleged activity was conducted in the spring of 2006 on their 63 acres of property without required Clean Water Act permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

According to Yvonne Vallette, of the EPA Wetlands Program, Malloys did not seek a permit for their project and, according to Vallette, they would not have been granted a permit because the riprap was not stable.

In addition to the removal of the riprap, the Malloys have volunteered to implement a revegetation plan along the top of the bank, which will minimize future erosion along the river bank while improving habitat for native fish. Vallette said Malloys have already begun the removal. It must be complete by the end of September.

The Rogue River is designated as critical habitat for threatened salmon species under the Endangered Species Act.  It is an important salmon-bearing river that supports a significant recreational fishing industry

 

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