That really got our attention! We were unaware of the situation since we did not live on the property.
Steps we took
- Called the grass seeding company: they stated had rained for three weeks and the seeds probably washed down the slope
- hired an environmental company to assess the damage, formulate an action plan, and remedy the situation.
Proposed Action Plan: Suggested re-seeding first and then cleaning up the river.
Mandated Action Plan: DEP did not agree and made us clean the river first.
Implementation: Our contractor assembled a large team to perform the clean-up river. It was completed in about two weeks.
- The clean-up was completed as scheduled.
- After the clean-up it rained again, and the soil washed into the river again because the underlying issue was not allowed to be addressed first.
Revised Action Plan:
- After complaining to the DEP, they allowed us to re-seed the slope
- Then perform the 2nd clean-up.
- The slope was reseeded, and the grass came in
- The river clean-up was performed.
- The clean-up were doubled, and the clean-up was delayed due to the DEP decision
- The DEP closed the case
We had to wait two more years until the PH level of the soil returned to the level needed for the grapevines to flourish.