Crime

Published on November 3rd, 2014 | by The Kitsap Scene

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Man Charged for Allegedly Diverting Tahuya River

The Attorneys General Office filed three misdeamanor charges on Oct. 30 against a man accused of attempting to redirect the Tahuya River.

 William Cayo Sr., of Tahuya, is accused of using heavy machinery to fill and alter the course of the Tahuya River near his home, without any permits, according to a release from the attorney general’s office.

Cayo was charged in Mason County District Court with “violation of the water pollution control act, violation of the shoreline management act, and conducting unpermitted hydraulic activities in connection with the alternation of the channel of the Tahuya River in early February 2013.”

Cayo allegedly used an excavator and bulldozer to fill the river channel near his home and redirect the river, according to the release.

“Under state law, a property owner may work with the county and other agencies to develop a responsible, professional and effective hydraulic or shoreline project that protects both private property and our natural resources,” the release states. “Unpermitted and improperly designed work in a riverbed or on a shoreline, however, can damage neighboring properties, pollute the river, and kill fish.”

 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) biologists concluded that approximately 5,747 square meters of river bed were moved to fill the active channel or otherwise alter the streambed conditions in the river, according to the release.

 The Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting the case at the request of the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office, according to the release.  The lead prosecutor is Assistant Attorney General Bill Sherman.

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