Dead fish from New Dundee lake should be thrown in garbage or buried: Officials

Residents in New Dundee have been reporting die-off of hundreds of fish. The region's waste management division recommends people throw the dead fish into garbage bins, not green bins, or bury the fish on their property.

Residents in New Dundee have been reporting die-off of hundreds of fish

Hundreds of dead carp have turned up in and around New Dundee's Lake Alder over the last few days. It's the same species as these dead fish from Wascana Lake, Sask. (Cory Coleman/CBC)

Local environmental agencies are asking residents in Waterloo region to take the appropriate measures when disposing of dead fish that might wash up on properties.

The warning comes after hundreds of dead carp began turning up in and around Alder Lake in New Dundee.

"Dead fish should be safely disposed of in garbage bins rather than green bins," says the region's waste management division.

The fish can also be buried on private property or transported to the division's Erb Street transfer station in Waterloo, where they will be disposed of immediately for a $5 minimum fee. 

As for the fish in New Dundee, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is currently looking into the cause of the die-off.

Environmental officers who went to the lake earlier this week said they did not observe any smells or visual evidence of a spill or harmful algal bloom in the area of the dead fish.

They collected water quality samples and submitted them to the ministry's lab for analysis.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Grand River Conservation Authority staff are not concerned about a public health risk associated with the recent die-off at this time.


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