What is dredging?
Dredging is any activity that involves the removal or displacement of material from a lake, river or stream bed. Mechanical dredges remove the sediments mechanically and can include grab dredges (clamshells and buckets), backhoes or bucket ladder dredges.
Dredging and work permits
As the beds of most bodies of water are legally public land and fall under the Public Lands Act, you will have to determine whether you need a work permit to dredge at your cottage property in the Kawarthas. If you plan to dredge, please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources. You need a work permit if you want to dredge for the following reasons at your Kawartha cottage:
You don’t need a work permit to dredge for the following reasons at your Kawartha cottage:
What is a work permit?
The Ministry of Natural Resources issues a document called a work permit under the Public Lands Act to authorize specific activities and works on public lands and shorelands.
What are public lands?
Public lands are lands under the control and management of the Ministry of Natural Resources, including the beds of most lakes and rivers in Ontario. They are also known as Crown lands.
What are shorelands?
Shorelands are defined as lands covered or seasonally inundated by the water of a lake, river, stream or pond. Shorelands may include either private or public lands.
Why is a work permit necessary?
A work permit is designed to ensure the effective stewardship of public lands; the process of securing a work permit is intended to make sure you consider the environment, other users, and your neighbours when you undertake a shoreland project at your cottage. If you’re unsure whether you need a work permit to dredge at your waterfront property in the Kawarthas, contact the Ministry of Natural Resources well in advance and make an appointment to speak with a staff person. The Ministry of Natural Resources is your primary contact point to get approval for your dredging project if your lake is not part of the Trent-Severn Waterway and if your property is outside of the watershed boundaries of the Conservation Authority.
More about work permits
When a work permit does not apply if you want to dredge
If your property is on the Trent-Severn Waterway, Public Lands Act work permit approvals are not relevant. Trent-Severn Waterway lakes are those lakes that make up part of this navigable waterway system. If you’re unsure whether your lake is under the jurisdiction of the Trent-Severn Waterway, please call the Trent-Severn Waterway Office. You will find the contact information below. As the Trent-Severn Waterway is under federal jurisdiction, you will need to get approval from the federal government if you plan to dredge. If your lake is within the watershed boundaries of a Conservation Authority, you will not need a work permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources. Instead, you will need a conservation authority permit from the Conservation Authority. If your property is on the Trent-Severn Waterway, you will also need to contact the Conservation Authority if your lake is in the watershed boundaries of a Conservation Authority to secure a conservation authority permit. It is your responsibility to contact other agencies and to comply with laws and regulatory requirements. You may also need approvals from other governmental or non-governmental bodies, which could range from conservation authority permits to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans approvals to safeguard fisheries habitat. Approval from one government body doesn’t guarantee approval from another agency.
You will need to contact one or more of the following government offices if you plan to dredge
Parks Canada Trent-Severn Waterway Office P.O. Box 567 2155 Ashburnham Drive Peterborough, Ontario K9J 626 Tel: 705-750-4900 or 705-750-4923 www.pc.gc.ca Conservation Authority Kawartha Conservation Lindsay, Ontario Tel: 705-328-2271 www.kawarthaconservation.com Ministry of Natural Resources Minden office (705) 286-1521 www.mnr.gov.on.ca
Companies that provide dredging services in the Kawarthas
You may wish to contact one of the companies listed below if you plan to dredge at your Kawartha cottage. Young’s Construction 212 Francis Street East Fenelon Falls, Ontario Tel: 705-887-2813 Cell: 705-887-8692 705-887-8692 – ask for Scott W.G. Jackett and Sons Construction Ltd. 5065 Highway 35 Fenelon Falls, Ontario Phone / Fax: (705) 887-6737 Email: email@example.com Dudman Construction 2809 County Road 121 Burnt River, Ontario Tel: 705-488-2377