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AG files suit against pond company for environmental violations

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has initiated legal action on behalf of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) against a company that has done excavation work in Livingston County.

Scott Schlicht and Schlicht Ponds, also known online as pondperfection.com, was cited by Nessel’s office with numerous and repeated violations of Michigan’s environmental laws.   

The Montrose-based firm constructs ponds for residential customers including general excavation, pond design, construction, and maintenance, as well as dredging of bottomlands within lakes, canals, and streams in all Michigan counties.

In the complaint, Nessel alleges that Schlicht Ponds performed such services at properties in Livingston and several other counties in Michigan, including Genesee, Jackson, Macomb, Oakland, Roscommon, and Washtenaw Counties.

The AG’s office alleges that in many cases, Schlicht Ponds either failed to secure a legally required permit from EGLE or obtained the necessary permit but then violated its conditions. 

“Michigan is home to world-class natural resources, but that will only continue to be true as long as we defend them,” said Nessel. “When people break the law and pollute our land and waterways, my office will take action to strongly enforce our environmental protection laws.” 

Despite repeated notices by EGLE that it had acted illegally, Nessel says Schlicht Ponds continued to do business and commit similar violations at numerous properties. 

This lawsuit seeks relief under the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to hold Schlicht Ponds accountable for the damages they have caused to the natural resources of this State and to prohibit Schlicht Ponds from further violations.

A request for comment was sent to Schlict, but was not returned.

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