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Individual fined for unauthorized removal of shoreline vegetation

The Provincial Court of Alberta has fined a central Alberta man $20,000 for willfully altering the shoreline of Gull Lake north of Red Deer.

Dale Andrew Mather was charged under the Water Act with removing aquatic vegetation from the bed and shore near his property on Gull Lake without an approval. This was done in an attempt to improve the view from his property. As part of the sentencing, $15,000 will support a creative sentencing project to improve water quality in the lake and $5,000 will be paid as a fine.

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to ensure all Albertans continue to enjoy a clean and healthy environment. When individuals or companies fail to comply with legislation, the department has a range of options, depending on the offence, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

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Carrie Sancartier
Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

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