Park Owner Sentenced for Illegal Dredging
Abner J. Schultz, a resident of Lake Havasu, Ariz., was sentenced Monday (Sept. 8) in federal court in Pocatello, Idaho, for a criminal violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) related to unlawful dredge and fill work along the Salmon River in Idaho, the Justice Department announced.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill for the District of Idaho ordered Schultz to pay a $30,000 fine and serve three years of probation including six months of home detention. Schultz was also ordered to remove all fill material from the Salmon River and a related tributary subject to approval by the Army Corps of Engineers.
The unlawful activity occurred on Schultz’s Wagonhammer Campground property in North Fork, Idaho. A spring-fed tributary to the Salmon River flows across the campground and into the Salmon River. Schultz pleaded guilty on May 29 to a charge of discharging dredged and fill material below the ordinary high water mark of both the Salmon River and the tributary in violation of a permit issued by the Corps and the CWA. The illegal activity occurred in 2005.
Dahle Construction LLC and its owner, Kent Dahle, each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor Clean Water Act violations on April 1 for their roles in the unlawful dredge and fill activity. The company and Dahle will be sentenced on Sept 23.