Abbotsford, British Columbia Waterways Protection

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Abbotsford, Canada

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Type: By-Law1

Status: Adopted on 9/23/96

Source File:


Bylaw No. 269-96

WHEREAS Council may, by Bylaw, pursuant to Section 587 of the Municipal Act, prohibit any person from fouling, obstructing, or impeding the flow of any stream, creek, waterway, watercourse, waterworks, ditch, drain, or storm sewer within the City of Abbotsford;

NOW THEREFORE, the Council of the City of Abbotsford, in open meeting assembled, ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:

Bylaw No. 269-96 may be cited as "Waterways Protection Bylaw, 1996."

In this Bylaw, unless the context otherwise requires:

"Ditch" means a drain open or covered, wholly or in part, and whether in the channel of a natural stream, creek, or other watercourse or not, and also all works and materials necessary for bridges, culverts, catchbasins, manholes, and guards in connection therewith;

"Stream" means any natural watercourse or source of water, whether usually containing water or not, and any lake, pond, river, creek, spring, ravine, swamp, and gulch.

No person shall foul, obstruct, or impede the flow of any stream, creek, waterway, watercourse, waterworks, ditch, drain, or sewer whether or not it is situated on private property.

Every person who contravenes or violates any provision of this Bylaw, or who suffers or permits any act or thing to be done in contravention or in violation of this Bylaw, or who neglects to do or refrains from doing anything required to be done by the provisions of this Bylaw, commits an offence, and shall be liable to a fine of not less than $50, and upon summary conviction, to not more than the maximum penalty provided by the Offence Act, and where the offence is a continuing one, each day that the offence is continued shall constitute a separate offence.

District of Matsqui Bylaw No. 1799, cited as "Waterways Protection Bylaw, 1979", is hereby repealed.

Footnote: 1 - For the sake of consistency, Canadian municipal by-laws are categorized as ordinances as they serve the same purpose as their American counterparts.