Bernardus Johannes Joseph Debeer Fined $48,000 For Manure Discharge
THUNDER BAY– On August 8, 2011, Bernardus Johannes Joseph DeBeer pleaded guilty to one violation under the Ontario Water Resources Act for a discharge of corn silage and manure into the Curry Municipal Drain and Reynolds Creek.
The Court heard that Mr. DeBeer is the president of a dairy and veal farm in the Municipality of South-West Oxford, Ontario. In 2009, the ministry received a report of dead fish in Reynolds Creek. The ministry conducted sampling on the farm and observed that run-off from the corn silage was entering catch basins. Mr. DeBeer confirmed that he had been receiving corn silage for more than a week and also confirmed that the catch basins were connected to the Curry municipal drain which flowed into Reynolds Creek.
Mr. DeBeer was charged following an investigation by the ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch. He was fined $48,000 plus a victim fine surcharge and was given six months to pay the fine.