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Sembler Atlanta Inc.

Rome, GA: (Jun-22-07) The Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI) filed a lawsuit against Sembler Atlanta Inc., developers of a large shopping center in Canton, involving the Upper Etowah River Basin. The suit was filed as an initiative to stop developers from polluting and damaging streams. The original plans for the Canton Marketplace site, located at I-575 and Ga. 20 in Canton, would have called for the piping and filling of 5,350 feet of headwater streams feeding Canton Creek, considered habitat for the federally protected Cherokee darter.

In a settlement reached, Sembler agreed to pay $500,000 to the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia to protect property in critical habitat areas for federally protected fish species. Under the agreement, Sembler has eliminated an in-stream storm water detention pond and reduced its total impacts to streams to 4,016 linear feet. Further, Sembler agreed to reduce impacts to streams on the site of its proposed shopping mall by 25 percent, implement advanced erosion and sediment control measures during construction, conduct extensive biological monitoring of impacted streams on the site and reimburse CRBI for expert expenses incurred during the legal appeal. [ROME NEWS TRIBUNE: CREEK HABITAT]

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Published on Jun-29-07


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