The Iowa state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a new waterpark resort, claiming it had repeated environmental violations.
According to the lawsuit, the Bridges Bay Resort in Spirit Lake, Iowa, had violated a number of environmental regulations, including burning construction rubbish on site, failing to implement a pollution prevention plan and repeatedly discharging sediment into the East Okoboji Lake where the resort is located.
?East Okoboji is officially and fittingly designated a ?high-quality water resource? of the state,? said Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. ?We all must protect such precious resources.?
The suit stated that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources had regularly inspected the site during construction and ?found sediment from the ravine discharging into the lake, and a large brown plume in the lake in the vicinity of the discharge.? About eight months later, it ?observed a large cloud of chocolate-colored water in East Okoboji Lake in front of the development.?
In addition, it said that no control measures were installed to protect the storm-water channel that led to the lake. Officials also saw ?a large pile of construction wastes, including lumber, drywall, insulation and plastic being burned? on site.
The Regency Hotel Management, which operates the resort, said that the lawsuit was filed against the contractor, Equity Homes, and not them. ?The lawsuit hasn?t affected our reservations,? said Glorinn Kueter, director of sales and marketing at the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based management company. Kueter also said that Equity Homes has been working to resolve the issues.
Equity Homes could not be reached for comment.
The suit is demanding $5,000 per day per violation for water pollution, and up to $10,000 a day for air quality.