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DEQ Investigates Glen Creek Contamination After Fish Go Belly-Up


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will investigate possible contamination of Glen Creek.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will investigate possible contamination of Glen Creek.

Zach Urness/Statesman Journal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is investigating a possible contamination of Glen Creek after dead fish were found floating in the water Friday.

Rasmussen Spray Service workers applied two water treatments to a private pond at 1170 Willow Creek Drive NW in West Salem to treat algae and unwanted vegetation on Wednesday, said Katherine Benenati of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

On Friday morning, a woman found a number of dead trout, large koi and eels in her pond. She called NWFF Environmental, a group that specializes in marine spill cleanups and emergency response, to assess the impact of the herbicide and algaecide used in the treatment two days prior. The private pond leads to Glen Creek.

The two chemicals were identified as an algaecide called Captain XTR and an aquatic herbicide called Komeen Crystal, according to an Oregon Emergency Response System report. The system typically responds to emergencies involving hazardous waste and oil releases throughout Oregon.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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