Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT -

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.

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