WARNER ROBINS -- The city of Warner Robins is now in compliance with its state-issued permit for work at Bay Gall Creek, Georgia Environmental Protection Division officials said Wednesday.
City officials had a permit before the start of the work but were not in compliance with the terms of that permit, said Kevin Chambers, a spokesman for the EPD.
“Now, they’ve gotten everything straightened out, and they are in compliance,” he said.
The city had been dredging Bay Gall Creek to help alleviate drainage problems. The EPD and Army Corps of Engineers began investigating the city’s work in March and April, respectively, when residents complained about the work.
The corps closed its investigation earlier this month, finding the city did not need a federal permit for the work at Bay Gall.
Todd Bethune, manager of the west-central district of the Environmental Protection Division, said EPD officials visited the Bay Gall Creek site last week and found it to now be in compliance with the EPD permit.
Chambers said the compliance problems included an erosion prevention plan be created. He said he had not seen the plan and did not know its contents.
“It’s basically best management type stuff,” Chambers said.
Chambers said an investigation is still open regarding Bay Gall Creek, but he could not release information on exactly what it entails since it is ongoing.
City officials could not be reached for comment.
Bethune said the EPD and the city of Warner Robins have disagreed about which portions of the affected area are part of a seasonal stream and which portions are basically a ditch.
State rules prevent driving vehicles in a stream, or dredging or changing its course in any way, without a permit. Trees and brush within a certain number of feet of a stream must be preserved as a buffer to prevent dirt eroding into the water and prevent other changes in the stream, such as temperature and oxygen levels, that could harm fish and other aquatic life.
Bethune said EPD concluded Warner Robins workers broke the buffer in some areas.
At this time, the agency is mostly satisfied with the condition of the site, Bethune said. He said as long as the city doesn’t do further work on the stream, it appears to be about done with the improvements it needed to make.
“The vegetation is almost completely stabilized,” he said.
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