Department of Ecology issues penalty for Palmer Lake development

Department of Ecology issues an administrative order and $21,600 civil penalty this morning to Canadian man for unauthorized shoreline construction on Palmer Lake.

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Palmer Lake
Palmer Lake

PALMER LAKEA Canadian man has been ordered to pay a large penalty for unpermitted development on Palmer Lake near Loomis in Okanogan County.

Palmer Lake development penalty
Palmer Lake

The Washington State Department of Ecology issued the administrative order and $21,600 civil penalty this morning to Greg Newmarch of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, for unauthorized shoreline construction on Palmer Lake.

Without permits or authorization to work on the shoreline, Newmarch removed all vegetation and created a building pad for a new residence by installing fill and retaining walls above and below the ordinary high-water mark on waterfront property he owns on Palmer Lake.

Palmer Lake Penalty
Satellite Image of Palmer Lake

The administrative order requires Newmarch to remove the unpermitted development and restore the lakebed and shoreline of Palmer Lake, and obtain necessary environmental permits before doing so. The order and penalty follow a notice of correction issued back in November of 2016, numerous technical assistance efforts, and site visits. Newmarch has 30 days to file an appeal with the state’s Shoreline Hearings Board.