August 21, 2006

Construction company fined $10K for Fisheries Act violation, ordered to repair habitat damage

PARRY SOUND, ONT-An Ontario construction firm recently pleaded guilty to harming fish habitat by dumping waste fill into a Muskoka creek. E & E Seegmiller was fined $10,000 and has been ordered to restore the habitat at the impact site by stabilizing eroding stream banks and placing instream structures, in the form of woody material, to improve cover for fish. An investigation by department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) found that between early 2001 and the fall of 2002, waste fill from a highway construction project was placed in a wetland area, covering over a section of the unnamed creek. This resulted in the harmful alteration of fish habitat, leading to a charge against the company of violating section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act. As part of the sentencing, E & E Seegmiller also be making a $5,000 donation to the Muskoka Heritage Foundation to be used to promote environmentally-friendly projects throughout the Parry Sound-Muskoka region.

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