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A Manitoba resident has been fined $2,000 for illegal dumping on Ontario Crown land.

George Blair of Landmark pleaded guilty to unlawfully depositing a material, substance, or thing on Crown land.

He was fined $2,000 and received a probation order prohibiting him from camping on Ontario's Crown land for one year.

Court heard that last Aug. 26, a conservation officer responded to a complaint received through the ministry's TIPS line regarding a man dumping human waste from his camper trailer on Crown land on East Nelson Lake Road, west of Thunder Bay.

An investigation, which also involved Manitoba conservation officers and other Ontario government resources, determined Blair had been camping with his family in their travel trailer at the Nelson Lake public camping area for two weeks.

On Aug. 26, upon leaving the site, Blair dumped the contents of the trailer's septic holding tanks onto the south side of East Nelson Lake Road.

Justice of the Peace Denette C. Maslach heard the case June 27 in Thunder Bay.

The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal to dump anything on Crown land without authorization.

Sewage or greywater must be disposed of at an approved facility.

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-847-7667 any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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