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P.E.I. Green Party leader seeks answers on Tryon River protection

Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker says he wants to know why more wasn't done to protect the Tryon River from silt runoff after Monday's heavy rain.
Heavy rain caused sllt run-off into the Tryon River. (CBC)

Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker says he wants to know why more wasn't done to protect the Tryon River from silt run-off after Monday's heavy rain.

Bevan-Baker asked questions about the run-off in the P.E.I. Legislature Tuesday. He said with heavy rains in the forecast, transportation officials should have done more.

"A million oyster seeds were planted in that river this fall, an annual practice that supports over 70 families in the Tryon area, that gives daily economic benefit of $30,000 a day to the community. Will the government be compensating fishers if this siltation impacts the fishery?" asked Bevan-Baker. 

Transportation minister Paula Biggar didn't answer Bevan-Baker's question. Instead, she said 100 millimetres fell in that area and a lot of rivers were "running red" yesterday. 

She continued, saying there were some protections in place in Tryon but the contractor was still working on the site and didn't have time to finish before the heavy rain.

"The remediation we're taking is to install a rock lined ditch to carry water to Tryon River. We're in process of finalizing and formalizing environmental requirements there," said Biggar.

The transportation minister added the dirt would be hydro seeded and covered with mulch.

Biggar said the work would prevent further run-off over the winter.

Fisherman Brian Campbell worries about silt run-off into the Tryon River. 0:55

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