June 11, 2007

Campground owner fined $11K for raw sewage discharge

KENORA, ONT-A Kenora court has fined Richard Lyonel Castle, owner of KCR Camp, $11,000 in connection with operating an unapproved sewage system and discharging raw sewage into the Winnipeg River. KCR Camp operates a small camp, consisting of a main lodge and eight guest cottages, on a five-acre island in the Winnipeg River at the entrance to Tetu Lake. A Ministry of Environment (MOE) inspection of the camp's sewage system in September 2006 revealed that there was no septic tank on the island and that untreated sewage was being discharged onto the shoreline. The Court was informed that this practice could impair the water quality of the Winnepeg River. A subsequent investigation by the MOE's investigations and enforcement branch led to charges against Castle and KCR Camp. Castle pleaded guilty to two charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA): a violation of section 53(5) for operating a sewage system without MOE approval and of section 30 (1) for discharging untreated sewage that may impair the water. He was given six months to pay the fine.

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