Authorities say a Glynn County landowner has agreed to restore 700 acres of wetlands damaged in the construction of two-and-a-half miles of roads and ditches near the Georgia coast.
Road builder Wayne Hutcheson reached the agreement with several environmental organizations. The deal was approved Wednesday in federal court.
The roads and ditches interrupted the natural flow of freshwater and allowed saltwater to intrude near the small community of Sterling, said Bill Sapp, senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center.
Under the agreement, Hutcheson will restore the natural flow of freshwater by breaching the roads and plugging some of the ditches. He also will be required to replant 5,000 to 6,000 native wetland trees, including cypress.