|DISCOLORED WATER EMANATING FROM MARINELAND ENTERING THE WELLAND RIVER MARCH 15 2014|
Marineland notified the Ministry that they have been moving rocks for a construction project and a large pile of red rocks which are common in the area have been used for a temporary road for construction vehicles.
Rich Vickers, the Niagara district manager for the Ministry told the Niagara Falls Review that they have taken samples from the water.
“High loads of sediment should not be getting into the water. We've taken samples and we’ll wait and see what the results indicate,” Vickers said.
The Ministry has also asked Marineland to put in place control measures to ensure no further sediment enters the creek.
Local resident Al Oleksiuk told The Review he had never seen a body of water so discolored.
“It’s the worst I've ever seen,” he said, adding it looked like rust crud with a paint-like consistency." Mr. Oleksiuk was so concerned he took his own water sample and is having it tested citing the area is important for water fowl and fish.
Marineland: In Depth visited the site on Saturday March 15th and the discolored water could still be seen entering the river despite earlier reports the water had cleared up.
In 2000 the Ministry ordered Marineland to stop discharging their wastewater into Pell's Creek.
Marineland's most serious environmental offense saw the park convicted and fined $15,000 for running an illegal dump where despite warnings by the Ministry to stop, park staff buried toxic materials on the property.