State of Vermont
Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Compliance & Enforcement Division
Press Release

January 10, 2002
Town of Rupert

WATERBURY- Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Johnstone today announced that the Enforcement Division has formally settled an environmental violation involving the Town of Rupert. The settlement includes a $3,000 supplemental environmental project.

In August of 2001, in response to a citizen complaint, Environmental Enforcement Officer Don Gallus discovered that the Town of Rupert's road crew had channeled and excavated approximately 100 yards of stream bed and placed concrete barriers across the White Creek, in violation of state law.

After the investigation was completed, the Town of Rupert was notified of the violations and agreed to settle the matter. The settlement was reduced to an assurance of discontinuance and was so ordered by the Environmental Court on January 8, 2002. In it, the Town of Rupert agreed to design and implement work procedures for town employees and fund a $3,000 supplemental environmental project.

Involved Program: Water Quality Division of the Department of Environmental Conservation

Environmental Enforcement Officer: Don Gallus
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Attorney Catherine Gjessing at 802-241-3820 or email to