Murky waters

Raissa Tetanish
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Rust-coloured pond cause of concern for nearby residents

EAST AMHERST - The rusty colour of a pond along Highway 6 was cause for concern for many residents and passersby to the area, enough of a concern to contact the Department of Environment.

Murky waters

By Raissa Tetanish
Amherst Daily News
EAST AMHERST - The rusty colour of a pond along Highway 6 was cause for concern for many residents and passersby to the area, enough of a concern to contact the Department of Environment.
"There was a call into the office today and, where I drive by it on my way to work, I also noticed it this morning," said David Blair, an engineer in the Amherst office of the Department of Environment, adding it was a brownish colour Wednesday morning.
Inspector Tim Upham was still onsite late Wednesday afternoon and the cause and source for the odd colour was still being looked into.
"It's siltation in the water, for sure. It just looks like clay particles...suspended solids," Blair said.
Blair used the word turbidity, a term used to describe the haziness or cloudiness of a fluid.
"It's probably related to construction or earth-moving activities. That's what Tim's checking into - who in the area upstream of the pond would be doing something."
A resident across the street to the pond said the water looked better in the afternoon than it had earlier in the morning when she woke up, and that the ducks didn't seem to mind.
"Excessive loading or limits of suspended solids can affect fish habitat," said Blair. "It's like an abrasive to their gills.
"One thing about clay particles is they give the water a very dark colour without a high loading. They chemically bind with the water, giving it the colour very easily."

rtetanish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Department of Environment, Daily News

Geographic location: EAST AMHERST

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