Probe be­gins in con­firmed fish kill

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC MC­CARTHY

For the sec­ond time in less than a year, the crew with the Ro­seville-Mimine­gash Wa­ter­sheds Inc. is deal­ing with a fish kill in one of its streams.

The co-or­di­na­tor of the Wa­ter­sheds group, Danny Mur­phy, said he re­ceived an anony­mous call Sun­day morn­ing of a fish kill in Campbellton.

Mur­phy said he im­me­di­ately drove to the iden­ti­fied lo­ca­tion along the Cough­lin Road, con­firmed the caller’s in­for­ma­tion and re­ported it to the Fish and Wildlife sec­tion’s hot­line.

Pro­vin­cial Fish and Wildlife depart­ment of­fi­cials were on the scene Sun­day and started the cleanup. Mur­phy said his crew as­sisted with the clean-up on Monday, but he did not have a count on how many dead fish were re­cov­ered.

The clean-up was com­pleted around 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

Wa­ter, soil, veg­e­ta­tion and fish sam­ples have been col­lected and sent for test­ing.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fish kill in­volves staff from For­est, Fish and Wildlife divi­sion of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, the In­ves­ti­ga­tion and En­force­ment Divi­sion of Jus­tice and Pub­lic Safety and En­vi­ron­ment Canada.

Mur­phy said he found fish dead Sun­day morn­ing on both sides of the con­crete cul­vert where a small brook crosses the Cough­lin Road.

He said the stream was sub­se­quently checked both up­stream from the bridge and down­stream to where the brook spills into the Northumberland Strait at Campbellton Beach.

It was his un­der­stand­ing, he said, that the ma­jor­ity of the dead fish were found up­stream from the bridge.

Where the brook crosses Route 14, just be­fore ar­riv­ing at Campbellton Beach, is just four kilo­me­tres up the road from where a fish kill was dis­cov­ered in the Lit­tle Mimine­gash River in Ro­seville last Au­gust.

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