Spill at dog park; city asks public stay away from water

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The City of Grande Prairie confirmed a hydrocarbon-based product has been released in the wetlands adjacent to the Lakeland off-leash dog park.

On June 8, the city was notified of a release into the wetlands and advised users not to allow dogs into the water.

Later that day, a sample of the material was taken, and it was confirmed to be a “hydrocarbon-based product.”

“Animals and people could become sick if they come in contact with the water,” said the city on their website and social media channels.

On June 8, the city said it was following up with regulatory agencies to determine the next steps.

Approximately 24 hours later, the city reported it was determining the extent of the release and stated booms are in place to contain the unknown material, which they say will protect the wetland from further contamination.

On June 9, Town & Country News found only the North area of the park had flagging and a sign notifying pet owners of the spill.

Alex Bondok was out at the dog park and had no idea of the spill until she saw the signs while walking with her dog.

She noted her dog had jumped in the water at the park when other dogs were around in the past.

“I don't know a whole lot about it (the spill),” she said but noted a concern for wildlife in the area.

“I’m feeling bad for the wildlife depending on what it is (in the water).”

She said many birds and coyotes frequent the park.

The city declined to comment on Town & Country News requests for additional information.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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