Landowner Pleads Guilty to Watercourse Alterations

February 9, 2018, Carleton Place — A Township of Beckwith landowner has been ordered by the court to undertake restoration measures after pleading guilty to altering two water courses without authorization; a chargeable offence under the Conservation Authorities Act.

The matter was heard in Perth Provincial Offences Court on January 23, 2018. The restorative measures must satisfy Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) and the requirements of the Drainage Act. Furthermore, the landowner must complete the work by July 1, 2018.

The charges stem from 2015 following an investigation by MVCA, in which the landowner interfered with approximately 800 metres of watercourse by diverting the flow from two watercourses into a new channel and filling in the existing watercourses that crossed the property. The two watercourses are also designated as municipal drains under the Drainage Act. The work was conducted without the written permission of MVCA despite being informed a permit was required, and without approval under the Drainage Act. The impacted watercourses flow into the Mississippi River, which is located approximately one kilometre downstream of the property.

MVCA regulates development within important environmentally sensitive areas such as floodplains and wetlands as well as alterations to shorelines and watercourses. MVCA operates under the Conservation Authorities Act and Ontario Regulation 153/06, Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses. The public is reminded to contact MVCA prior to undertaking any development, which includes fill placement and site grading, or alterations to any natural areas on their property to determine what activities are permissible.

MVCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Formed in 1968, MVCA’s mandate is to manage the watershed’s resources in partnership with our eleven member municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit www.mvc.on.ca, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Shannon Gutoskie
Community Relations Coordinator
613-253-0006 ext. 225
sgutoskie@mvc.on.ca

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