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City monitoring fish-y situation in Belle Park

May 17, 2017 -

The City of Kingston is keeping an eye on the carp that wandered into Belle Park as the Cataraqui River has overflowed its banks in the area.

"We do not want carp to become stranded in the park and we are working with our ecologist and the Ministry of Natural Resources to make sure permits and procedures are in place to allow us to safely move fish off of the golf course as water levels recede," says Paul MacLatchy, the City's environment director.

The City has an ecologist monitoring this natural phenomenon and will take action when water levels fall. As water levels are still rising, the City is not yet removing the fish as they would just swim back.

Kingston is just one of a number of municipalities in Ontario and Quebec that are dealing with fish swimming on to flooded public property. The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority's flood warning remains in effect for the Cataraqui River Watershed, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  See www.CRCA.ca for details.

About the City of Kingston

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