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DEC: Landowner used storage tank for illegal culvert in Holland trout stream

A Holland landowner used a gasoline storage tank to devise a makeshift culvert in a protected trout stream, the state's environmental conservation department reported.

The discovery was made late last month by state Environmental Conservation Officer Mark Mazurkiewicz and members of the DEC's fisheries staff.

Authorities found the landowner cut the ends off of a 2,000-gallon fiberglass gasoline storage tank and fashioned it in Little Buffalo Creek.

The landowner, who's name was not released, did not have state environmental permits.

"The landowner will be required to have the culvert removed and replaced with a properly-sized culvert installed in accordance with DEC guidelines," according to a DEC statement.

The landowner was cited for a non-permitted disturbance of a protected stream and will be required to answer the charge at a future date in Holland Town Court. The landowner could face a year in jail and up to $15,000 in fines.

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