Agricultural chemicals blamed for recent fish kills in P.E.I. rivers

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CHARLOTTETOWN Environment officials are blaming nitrates for recent fish kills in several P.E.I. waterways.

CHARLOTTETOWN Environment officials are blaming nitrates for recent fish kills in several P.E.I. waterways.

Thousands of dead fish were discovered late last week along the Wheatley and Cardigan rivers.

The nitrates that have leeched into streams and rivers from agricultural applications encourage the growth of underwater plant material and algae.

When these plants begin to rot they take up all the oxygen in the water, leaving none for fish, eels or shellfish.

A commission that spent a year looking into nitrate contamination on the Island has called for upgrades to municipal sewage systems and a mandatory, province-wide order that would force farmers to rotate their crops at least once every three years.

Geographic location: P.E.I., CHARLOTTETOWN, Wheatley

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