Due to the recent changes of the Fisheries Act, a submission of a Request for Review Form is now required. Lac Ste. Anne County is expecting significant delays in getting the paperwork processed as we continue to obey all federal and provincial laws surrounding freshwater resources.
Lac Ste Anne County is fortunate to have an abundance of freshwater resources. Fisheries and Oceans Canada recently made changes to the Fisheries Act to restore the protection of fish and fish habitat. Habitat degradation and modification are the biggest threat to the health of fish populations and this can manifest itself in many ways. Draining, dredging, infilling, and water diversions can negatively impact habitat, spawning behavior, and even cause fish death.
To protect the infrastructure (roads, bridges, culverts and buildings) Lac Ste. Anne County uses a range of water management tools, one of which is the removal or modification of beaver dams. Lac Ste. Anne removed 124 beaver dams in 2019, to preserve infrastructure and allow for the safe passage of the public on roadways. Due to the recent changes of the Fisheries Act, a submission of a Request for Review Form may be required for work on beaver dams.
For more information, please consult the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Website to determine if your project requires review from Fisheries and Oceans Canada. For general inquiries, call 1.855.852.8320.
Lac Ste. Anne County is expecting significant delays in getting the paperwork processed at the federal level and asks for the patience of our residents while this new process unfolds.