News Release 542

Department refers Seasons Development LLC to attorney general for Missouri Clean Water Law violations

Volume 38-542 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 20, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a Camden County development company to the Missouri Attorney General's Office for violations of Missouri’s Clean Water Law. 

The department referred the case against Seasons Development LLC, Osage Beach, to the attorney general alleging violations of the Clean Water Law related to its failure to control sediment and erosion at a Camden County subdivision.

Since March 2009, department staff have inspected the Seasons Estates development three times, observing during each inspection that insufficient steps had been taken to prevent erosion from the site from reaching the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri Clean Water Law requires steps be taken to prevent sediment from leaving the site of a development and entering waterways.

Missouri's Clean Water Law exists to protect public health and the environment, and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations. The department’s enforcement actions help protect public health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance with the standards set out in the law.

The department’s main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance.  As part of that process, penalties may be used to ensure future compliance by removing the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of public health and the environment, the department will refer the case.