Landowner awaits sentence on Water Act verdict

A Red Deer-area landowner and his business will be sentenced on Oct. 28 for creating a water diversion that flooded neighbouring farmland. Harry Veenstra and Auto Body Services Red Deer Ltd. were convicted on July 25 for infractions under the Alberta Water Act and the Alberta Environmental Enhancement and Protection Act.

A Red Deer-area landowner and his business will be sentenced on Oct. 28 for creating a water diversion that flooded neighbouring farmland.

Harry Veenstra and Auto Body Services Red Deer Ltd. were convicted on July 25 for infractions under the Alberta Water Act and the Alberta Environmental Enhancement and Protection Act.

Charges were laid in the summer of 2010 after pumps were installed to remove water from a portion of Veenstra’s property directly east of the Blindman industrial subdivision. The land was being prepared for development at the time.

The maximum penalties are $50,000 for an individual and $500,000 for a corporation.

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