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D.  Idaho  CR09-0270-SBLW
John Shaw was sentenced on April 13, 2010, to two years of probation including community service and a $5,000 fine for violating the Clean Water Act. Shaw negligently discharged a pollutant, rock and dredge and fill material, into the Snake River in Idaho without a permit between July 2008 and December 2008. Shaw owned property adjoining the Snake River in Gooding County in Idaho and directed construction and development activities at his property that caused the discharge.

Shaw pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in the District of Idaho. He cut the bank of the river with a bulldozer and installed “rip-rap” at the site, discharging material below the ordinary high water mark without first obtaining a permit. “Rock rip-rap” is a method used to stabilize riverbanks.

November 24, 2009
Shaw was charged in an Information with violating the CWA {33 U.S.C. 1311(a) - effluent limitations, 33 U.S.C. 1319(c)(2) - knowingly violates}.

He pled guilty to the charge.

CITATION: 33 U.S.C. 1319(c)(1)(A), 33 U.S.C. 1319(c)(2)
April 13, 2010
Shaw was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 federal fine.

News Release
April 15, 2010


John Shaw, 57, of Hagerman Idaho, was sentenced on Tuesday to two years probation for a misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act, the United States Attorney’s Office announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, sitting in Pocatello, also ordered Shaw to pay a fine in the amount of $5,000, perform 100 hours of community service and remediate the site. Shaw entered a guilty plea to the charge on January 14, 2010.

Shaw owns property adjoining the Snake River in Gooding County, Idaho. Shaw admitted that he illegally cut the river bank with a bulldozer and installed “rock rip-rap” along approximately 2,000 linear feet of river bank without a permit. “Rock rip-rap” is a method used to stabilize river banks. The defendant admitted he was negligent in not obtaining a permit from the Corps of Engineers prior to performing the work. A permit to perform such work below the high water mark is required, in order to control the discharge of rock, dredge and fill material into the river. Discharges into the river may negatively affect the environment. Shaw admitted to the offense and fully accepted responsibility. "This conviction demonstrates that if you disregard the permit system, you will be prosecuted," said Tyler C. Amon, Acting Special Agent in Charge with EPA's Office of Criminal Enforcement in Seattle, Washington. "We are pleased defendant Shaw took responsibility for his conduct, but stand committed to vigorously investigating Clean Water Act violators."

Shaw’s case was investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency-Criminal Investigation Division with the assistance of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Clean Water Act (CWA)

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