The alleged violations took place at the first phase ofLafayette Park Town Homes. The company obtained a general permitfor management of storm water runoff at construction projects andas part of stormwater management activities, the company built abasin at the site to collect runoff and settle out sediment.

During the summer of 2002 the basin filled up with runoff andoverflowed, eroding a hillside below the basin site and sendinglarge volumes of sediment onto parts of adjacent Seidl Lake Parkand into a nearby wetland and Seidl Lake, which is connected to thewetland.

The MPCA's enforcement agreement with Centex addresses failureto plan for, manage and mitigate stormwater runoff as required bystate law, primarily including failure to construct adequatesedimentation basins, conduct proper maintenance of preventivesystems and report and respond to violations in a timely manner.All violations and environmental impacts identified in theagreement have been corrected by the company, according to theMPCA.

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