Nfld. & Labrador

Suspicious suds: Bubble bath incidents in N.L. rivers under investigation

Two separate incidents where bubble baths were created in waterways in Newfoundland and Labrador are illegal — and will be investigated — according to the provincial government.
Interpretation Center staff found these bottles scattered around the trail after an attempt at turning Manuels River into a bathtub. (Submitted)

Two incidents where bubble baths were created in waterways in Newfoundland and Labrador are illegal — and will be investigated — according to the provincial government.

Twice in recent weeks, once in Manuels River and once in La Manche Provincial Park, soap has been poured into the water in an apparent attempt to turn the waterways into giant bubble baths.

Perry Trimper, the province's environment minister, said such sudsings are not nice, relaxing breaks: They are illegal acts of pollution.

"This is a dangerous activity, which can be harmful to fish and other animals in the habitat," he said.

"Our environment is sensitive and we must protect it. Polluting waterways is disrespectful to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians."

Bothersome baths

Sometime between July 22 to 24, Staff from the Manuels River Interpretation Centre say several bottles of shampoo and soap were poured into their river, just upstream from 500-million-year-old fossils.

Rod Taylor, the lead interpreter at Manuels River, said the soap could cause lots of damage to fish and wildlife in the river.

Provincial government officials said they became aware Monday of a similar recent event in La Manche Provincial Park.

A spokesperson for the provincial Department of Environment and Conservation said the government became aware Monday of a similar incident in La Manche Provincial Park. (Instagram)

The government said it is investigating the recent incidents, and could bring charges under the Environmental Protection Act.

"The department is working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and other investigative agencies to determine appropriate enforcement actions," said Trimper.