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County Sportsplex pond reopens after oil clean up

People can use the pond at the Crosslink County Sportsplex again. After almost two months of cleaning the county reopened it on July 18th.

The pond had been closed since May 23rd after officials say industrial oil dumped down a curbside drain at 85 Avenue and 105 Street in Clairmont contaminate it.

During the cleanup effort, county crews worked with Alberta Environment and Parks, government officials and Provincial fisheries specialists to make sure no animals were harmed. County Parks and Recreation Manager Christine Rawlins says that seems to be the case.

The pond has now been restocked with 2,325 Rainbow Trout and although people can start fishing again, Rawlins says new rules have been put in place.

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“We previously operated on a ‘catch and keep’ basis, meaning people could keep the fish they caught out of the pond if they chose to. Out of an abundance of caution, from July 17, 2019, forward, fishing will be ‘catch and release’ only and all signage in the area has been updated accordingly.”

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the County’s Enhanced RCMP Unit at 780-532-9727.

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