News

Smiling Creek gets a clean-up

Workers clean up cement water wash that was hosed down a storm drain on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam and ended up in Smiling Creek. - JOAN PETTIE PHOTO
Workers clean up cement water wash that was hosed down a storm drain on Burke Mountain in Coquitlam and ended up in Smiling Creek.
— image credit: JOAN PETTIE PHOTO

A clean-up crew scoured a drain pipe and a portion of Smiling Creek on Burke Mountain Tuesday to get rid of cement water wash that had been hosed down a storm drain the previous week.

A contractor building two houses on Roxton Avenue where the cement water wash originated was responsible for the cleanup and will also have to pay a $500 fine or breaking the Coquitlam's Prohibited Discharge bylaw.

The material flowed into pools with standing water that contained coho fry and the fish died.

McRae Environmental showed up with a big vacuum truck and cleaned out the entire length of pipe, plus the contaminated areas of the creek were vacuumed and power-washed, according to Joan Pettie who was on the scene.

Pettie was the first person to call attention to the contamination problem. She spotted the material flowing into the creek while walking her dog.

According to the city of Coquitlam, a bylaw officer was on hand Wednesday to make sure the clean up work was done appropriately.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

School District 43 ready for food waste ban
 
CP Rail holiday train rolls into Port Moody, Port Coquitlam
 
Large tree taken down in 7 hours
Surrey boy, 3, struck and abandoned
 
Surrey murder victim identifed as Jaylen Sandhu, 17
 
“Suspicious” Agassiz house fire under investigation
Missing New West woman surfaces in Quebec
 
Mission business donates hundreds of toys to Christmas Bureau
 
Door-to-door mail service being eliminated in Mission

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.