Friday November 28, 2014

River alteration nets contractor fine


Cando Contracting was fined a total of $12,600 in provincial court for unauthorized alteration of the shoreline on the Chitek River near Meadow Lake.

Cando Contracting of Brandon, Manitoba was convicted in July under The Environmental Management and Protection Act on one count of unlawfully altering the bed, bank or boundary of the Chitek River without a valid permit.

In addition to the fines, Cando Contracting complied with an Environmental Protection Order to reclaim the site in accordance with a remediation plan.

Meadow Lake conservation officers investigated the complaint in August 2013 and found that a portion of the shoreline on the Chitek River had been disturbed and a considerable number of old creosote railway bridge ties had been stockpiled, with evidence of creosote leaching into the river.

The Chitek River flows into the Meadow Lake River, which is a source of drinking water for the community of Meadow Lake. At the time of the incident, the Water Security Agency advised the city to shut its water intake valves to the water system until tests confirmed that the water was safe.

“Before starting any work in or near water it is very important to obtain the necessary permits from the Water Security Agency and make sure any plans meet environmental regulations,” Executive Director of Environmental and Municipal Management Services Sam Ferris said. “Unauthorized work around water has the potential to affect many people particularly if that work could potentially contaminate drinking water.”

If someone suspects an environmental violation, call Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn in Poachers line at 1-800-667-7651 or #5555 for SaskTel cell phone subscribers, or report a violation online at 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.



NOTE: To post a comment in the new commenting system you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, OpenID. You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Yorkton This Week welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Quick Vote

Survey results are meant for general information only, and are not based on recognised statistical methods.



Lost your password?