The mayor of Casselman wants action on abandoned ice-fishing shacks being left on the Nation River.

In a letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry District Office in Kemptville, Daniel Lafleur stated that many shacks and other material have been abandoned on the river in recent years when the ice fishing season ends, and the wreckage often ends up flowing through Casselman.

Lafleur noted that the Nation River is the source of Casselman’s drinking water.

The mayor would like the ministry to establish an action plan to counter the problem of debris polluting the river, but he does not want ice fishing to be banned on the waterway.

Lafleur’s letter was also sent to the federal ministers of the Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, and to South Nation Conservation and the Ontario Provincial Police.