Smelly creek linked to dairy farm

Neighbour said watercourse, which has had issues for years, smelled "like an outhouse" over summer.

Officials say a nearby farm contributed to foul odours and discoloured water in a McMillan-area creek over the summer.

Officials say a nearby farm contributed to foul odours and discoloured water in a McMillan-area creek over the summer.

Milk from a local farm is to blame for foul odours and the discolouration of a McMillan-area creek, city officials have confirmed.

The creek, which collects water from local storm drains along McMillan and runs west into Lonzo Creek Park, has sporadically turned white for more than a decade.

But this year, the situation seemed to escalate further, with the small watercourse smelling “like an outhouse” at times, according to local resident Karen Copeland.

Although she had expressed skepticism over an earlier declaration that milk was to blame, she said the city has now confirmed a nearby farm as the source.

City spokesperson Katherine Treloar said the municipality is now working with the owner and the ministry of environment to find long-term solutions.