Lloydminster Men Fined $11,200 for Altering Shoreline Without a Permit
Aug. 15, 2014 - Two Lloydminster men were fined a total of $11,200 in Meadow Lake Provincial Court for unauthorized alteration of the shoreline at Lac des Isles without a permit.
Lorne Newcombe and Duwayne Springer of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan were convicted of one count each under Section 36(1)c of the Environmental Management and Protection Act for unlawfully removing vegetation along the shoreline at Christel Beach on Lac des Isles near Goodsoil, Saskatchewan. In addition to fines of $5,600 each, these individuals have also been issued an Environmental Protection Order to replace the vegetation that had been removed, with which they have complied.
Conservation officers investigated a complaint in July of 2013 and found that the vegetation had been cleared down to the edge of the water. Lac des Isles is an important recreational fishing area and the shoreline area is valuable for fish habitat.
“It is important that property owners around lakes find ways to carry out development without damaging the environment,” Environmental and Municipal Management Services Executive Director Sam Ferris said. “When conducting work in and around water, residents are asked to contact the nearest Water Security Agency regional office.”
A conviction for altering a creek or shoreline without the proper permits carries a maximum fine of $1 million.
If someone suspects an environmental violation call toll-free Turn in Poachers line at 1-800-667-7651 or #5555 for SaskTel cell phone subscribers, or report a violation online at Saskatchewan.ca. Those who report a violation may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.
The Water Security Agency was created to lead implementation of the 25 Year Saskatchewan Water Security Plan. The plan will improve water management capacity and service to individuals, businesses and communities across Saskatchewan. The agency brings together all of the major responsibilities related to water quality and quantity.
For more information, contact:
Water Security Agency