Nova Scotia Environment Department lays charges against Aspotogan Ridge

The Nova Scotia Environment Department has laid a number of charges against the developer of a golf course and residential site in the Hubbards area.

Fox Point Lake residents have been complaining about silt runoff into water

Nova Scotia Environment Minister Randy Delorey has said his department is moving to address complaints about silt runoff into Fox Point Lake in Lunenburg County. (CBC)

A Hubbards-area developer is facing a number of enviromental-related charges in Bridgewater provincial court today in connection with silt runoff into Fox Point Lake.

Aspotogan Ridge Golf and Country Club occupies about 225 hectares in Mill Cove. Its golf course is slated to open mid-summer and there is also a neighbouring residential development.

The charges stem from multiple complaints made to Chester municipality regarding alleged silt runoff incidents affecting Fox Point Lake, and a resulting investigation by the Nova Scotia Environment Department.

Staff issued summary offence tickets and multiple directives to the owner to prevent the release of silt from the site, said Environment Minister Randy Delorey in a June 5 letter to the warden of the Municipality of the District of Chester.

"Although these actions have resulted in substantial improvements at the site, additional work is required. As a result of an investigation, NSE has issued several charges against the owner of the development on a variety of issues including siltation."

When contacted Tuesday, a spokesperson with the Environment Department refused to say what charges were laid.

Chester municipal warden Allan Webber said in an April 29 letter to the department that local residents were "frustrated that any action to investigate and enforce correction of the runoff is not yielding expected results."

He added that Chester municipality is in the process of introducing a water quality monitoring program for Fox Point Lake.

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