Do you see something going on that looks suspicious, maybe illegal? - Call the authorities !

Various agencies have set up Hot Lines and TIP Lines to provide a quick method of reporting infractions.  If the law enforcement authorities don't know about an incident, they can't do anything about it. 

Please consult the following panels to obtain the contact information, and advice on how to make your report

If you notice an oil slick, or an unsightly blob of some substance in the lake, the best thing to do is to report it.  That will set in motion the process for investigating and resolving the issue at hand.  The substance could be hazardous to health and safety, and could have resulted from a spill of a toxic substance (gasoline, chemicals, paint, etc.) or it could be a blue-green algae bloom.  In any event, the agency to contact is the:

ONTARIO SPILLS ACTION CENTRE (SAC)

telephone:   1-800-268-6060

Please consult the following links for further details and what to report to the Spills Action Centre:

Blue-Green Algae blob in the water;

spill of a pollutant or possible toxic substance (gasoline, oil, paint, etc.)

What Happens Next ?

Once you've made your report, the following process is as follows:

  1. the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) sends out an Environmental Officer to assess the situation and take samples
  2. samples are tested in an appropriate laboratory
  3. if the results of the test so warrant, the Health Unit will prepare and promulgate a Health Advisory to the media.  Also, the Health Advisory is forwarded to  the  Lake Networking Group and to the MLA for further distribution
  4. if the results are benign, a report is issued from the MOECC Environmental Officer to the person who originally reported the incident; and
  5. in either case, follow-up reports and status will be posted to the MLA website as new information becomes available.

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Mississippi Lake is in the Ontario Fishing Management Zone 18 (FMZ 18). 

Here is a MAP and specific regulations in force in this zone.  View also general REGULATIONS at the MNR website.

If you think that an infraction is being committed, please contact the Ministry of Natural Resurces (MNR), using the following telephone number:

1-877-847-7667    (1-877-TIPS-MNR)

The O.C.O.A. website (Ontario Conservation Officers Association) provides great info on what and how to report.

Mississippi Lake is in the Ontario Fishing Management Zone 18 (FMZ 18). 

Here is a MAP and specific regulations in force in this zone.  View also general REGULATIONS at the MNR website.

If you think that an infraction is being committed, please contact the Ministry of Natural Resurces (MNR), using the following telephone number:

1-877-847-7667    (1-877-TIPS-MNR)

The O.C.O.A. website (Ontario Conservation Officers Association) provides great info on what and how to report.

Lanark County Crime Stoppers (LCCS) was established in 1992 as a part of a not-for-profit international program to help solve crimes. It has proven to be a very effective method to solve and reduce criminal activity.  If you have any information regarding possible criminals or criminal activity, please help the community rid itself of such problems. Your anonymity is guaranteed when you submit a Tip, so don't be afraid to help.

Telephone:     1-800-222-8477   (1-800-222-TIPS)

Please vist the LCCS website for full details about this very valuable and effective program.

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