More dead fish found in Ottawa and Lièvre rivers

By Gary Dimmock, Ottawa Citizen, July 20, 2019

Days after an investigation confirmed a large number of fish in the Ottawa and Lièvre rivers were likely killed by a toxic spill earlier this month, reports of more dead fish have been confirmed by Ottawa Riverkeeper.

“We got reports of more dead fish on the Ottawa River near Rockland. We took our patrol boat upstream to the mouth of the Lièvre River, scene of last week’s fish kill. The reports were confirmed. We contacted all relevant authorities. There is still no known cause, but we are staying on the case,” Riverkeeper said in a statement issued Friday.

Quebec’s wildlife ministry conducted about a dozen necropsies on fish found floating July 8 near the confluence of the Lièvre and Ottawa rivers, at Masson-Angers, and further downstream.

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