A section of a waterway in the Fraser Valley has turned a reddish pink.
A resident contacted provincial officials, who then reported that information to City of Chilliwack on April 4, that an unknown substance had been discharged into the slough on Fairfield Island that made it turn a pinkish hue.
City staff visited the site and confirmed the water appeared to be “significantly contaminated.”
Reports were subsequently made to Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Ministry of the Environment.
The low water level this spring may have kept the contamination to that section of the slough, staff said, since it didn’t appear to be spreading too quickly.
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