Greenville residents concerned about unauthorized dredging

Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 12:51:20-04
GREENVILLE -- Residents of a town outside of Appleton are concerned they might have to foot the bill for what county and state officials are calling unauthorized dredging.
Greenville attorney Richard Carlson says town officials were aware Town Supervisor Mike Woods was going to do work on his farm to resolve sedimentation problems caused by a contractor.
Environmental experts say Woods' farm includes a karst, which impacts nearby residents' well water. Carlson describes it as an underground cave.
County and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say Woods didn't have necessary permits and dredged the karst, possibly beyond repair.
Carlson says the department is threatening heavy fines if corrective action isn't taken, but it's unclear how much a permanent remediation plan might cost and who will pay for it.