Silt filled waters at Hoy Creek

Area residents were shocked as water in Hoy Creek on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 was a milky light brown around dinner time, after being crystal clear earlier in the day.  One Coquitlam resident, who said he's been living in the area adjacent the creek for over 10 years, said he'd never seen anything like it before.

HSWS volunteer Robbin was in the area and reported it to the City, who sent someone out from their environmental team to examine the creek.

A pH test was done as the hatcheries rearing pond, where 5500 coho fry live, was also clouded out, and levels were close to normal, which was good news.

The City representative said that it was likely a construction site upstream that pumped dirty water into a storm drain, instead of using the sewage drainage as they are supposed to.

By the next morning most of the creek had cleared up.

However, we were advised by way of a followup call on Monday from the City and were told that they had no construction sites registered in areas that could have affected the creek.

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A similar spill occurred again on September 11th, 2015

Photos taken on Saturday, August 8th around 6:30pm