DEAD EELS FOUND
Almost a year to the day, the same man has found dead eels in the same stream. Marlborough man Mike Underwood said he was shocked to find 20 dead shortfin eels in the same Waikawa stream, near Picton, as last year. Underwood has demanded answers from the council, but an explanation is unlikely as wet weather has since flushed out the waterway. Last August, Underwood discovered dead eels in the stream at the bottom of Ranui St which prompted an investigation by the Marlborough District Council. The investigation found the eels were likely killed by the presence of sewage and wastewater in the stream. It was discovered a contractor connecting services to a house at the nearby Admiralty Place subdivision accidently connected a pipe for household wastewater to the stormwater system. A council spokeswoman said the cause this time was yet to be confirmed, but it was possible a household chemical had found its way into the stormwater system.