City Fined

The City of Kawartha Lakes has been fined $75 thousand dollars after the Environment and Climate Change Canada laid charges under the Fisheries act.

The fine is part of a diversion agreement with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

The agreement also requires the City to update their standard operating procedures for drain works and publish a notice of the incident on the city's website before the charges will be dropped.

The charges were laid after an August 2014 incident were a city-hired contractor carried out maintenance work on the Washington Drain which resulted in a sediment release into the fish-bearing waterway.

Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers investigated the incident and determined that the sediment concentrations released during the work were harmful to fish.

It was also determined that the work was done without adequate steps to ensure sediment wasn't released into the waterway.