Aquatic Phenomena

Ottawa River Fish kill – One year later

On July 8th, 2019, Ottawa Riverkeeper heard of large numbers of dead fish downstream of the Lièvre River. One year later, we look back at this incident and worry that not much has changed.

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Have you spotted ice on the river?

Have you noticed whether there is ice forming on your local waterways?

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Beach Closures and Blue-Green Algae

Nothing’s better on a hot summer day than spending time at your local beach, but warmer temperatures increase the risk of blue-green algae blooms which could lead to beach closures. But what are blue-green algae? Where do blooms come from and how could this affect the swim season?

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Fish Kill Incidents: Quebec government released its findings

On August 15, the Minstère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre le changement climatique announced that power station operator Brookfield was responsible for this summer’s four fish kill incidents on the Lièvre River. Below is our response to this latest development.

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Fish Kill Incident on Rivière du Lièvre: updated August 15th

Multiple fish kill incidents occurred in July 2019 in the Lièvre river. After receiving eyewitness reports, we contacted authorities and took our boat out to survey the situation and take water samples. Investigations are ongoing and many questions remain.

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