Dunvegan Gardens Ltd fined for unlawful diversion of water from the Clearwater River near Fort McMurray

The Provincial Court of Alberta has fined a northern Alberta company $10,000 for the unlawful diversion of water from the Clearwater River near Fort McMurray.

Alberta Environment launched an investigation in August 2008 after receiving a complaint that a company was diverting water from the Clearwater River without a licence. It was later confirmed that Dunvegan Gardens Ltd. knowingly diverted water in contravention of the Water Act.

As part of the creative sentencing, $5,000 from the overall fine will be used to develop an educational program regarding water licensing procedures and water conservation for the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association. Dunvegan Gardens is also required to send a notice to all members of the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association, confessing to the offence and warning that others who break the law may face similar consequences.

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