Vermont ski resort Jay Peak will pay $80,000 to settle claims that it violated the federal Clean Water Act when it filled two acres of wetlands with debris from the construction of a golf course. In light of Vermont's recent flooding, New England EPA official Curt Spalding emphasized the importance of enforcing wetlands protections. "Wetlands ... act like sponges and can reduce the effects that heavy rain storms have on the surrounding communities,” he said.
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