Shoreacreas Creek toxins kill swans at Paletta Park


Deliberate dumping of toxic fuel into Shoreacreas Creek on April 3 has destroyed everyone’s ability to enjoy popular Paletta Lakefront Park near Appleby Line.

It has also killed three Mute Swans. But local resident Beverly Kingdon is also concerned about other wildlife such as Trumpeter Swans.

“When Trumpeters get sick they go and hide,” she said. “Trumpeters could be dying but we cannot go onto all the private lands that cover the shoreline in that area to look for them.”

“It would be kind if people checked their waterfront properties for the other swans that may be covered in oil/grease and would report any findings. It’s most likely other swans would be dead by now and only carcasses would be along the waterfront.”

If you see sick, injured or dead swans contant Burlington Animal Control at 905-335-3030.

Beverly is local expert on Trumpeter Swans. She was recently interviewed by CHCH-TV for her comments on the safety of the swans at park. Here interview can be seen at http://www.chch.com/3-swans-die-after-being-rescued-from-a-burlington-creek/

The incident happened south of Spruce Avenue, between Shoreacres Road and Goodram Drive. On Wednesday, April 8, City of Burlington Animal Services removed three Mute Swans in distress. The animals were taken to a wildlife rescue for rehabilitation and later died.

“It is completely unacceptable that the irresponsible actions of one or more individuals have caused such terrible injury to animal life and to the natural environment,” said Scott Stewart, general manager of development and infrastructure at the City of Burlington.

“City staff and the Ministry of the Environment have been on site every day where they used absorbent pads and booms to soak up the fuel in the water. The source of the spill is suspected to be a catch basin on Spruce Avenue where the substance was dumped. The toxic fuel then traveled to Shoreacres Creek and downstream towards Lake Ontario.

“Paletta Lakefront Park is a popular spot where residents go to enjoy the waterfront and trails and wildlife lives. The deliberate disposal of hazardous pollutants has negatively impacted the community’s ability to enjoy and thrive in this space.”

Residents with information related to this event can call the Ministry of Environment’s Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060. More information about reporting spills to the Ministry of Environment is available at http://www.ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/report-spill.

The Ministry of Environment’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch division is responsible for investigating alleged environmental infractions. Prosecutions can result in fines, court orders and probation or jail terms.

If you have household hazardous waste such as paint and oil, you can dispose of it free of charge, at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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