Help us prevent hazardous spills in our storm water system

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This week’s fuel spill in Shoreacres Creek and resultant death of two Mute Swans is disturbing, to say the least.

The City of Burlington is continuing to monitor the creek following cleanup activities over the past few days due to a fuel spill south of Spruce Avenue, between Shoreacres Road and Goodram Drive.

The source of the spill is suspected to be a catch basin on Spruce Avenue where the substance was dumped. The toxic fuel then travelled to Shoreacres Creek and downstream towards Lake Ontario

Based on observations from our staff, it is believed the substance was diesel fuel.

Although staff estimates it was only one to two litres that were emptied into the creek, the outcome was deadly for local wildlife.

Burlington Animal Services removed three Mute Swans in distress on Wednesday, April 8. The animals were taken to a wildlife rescue for rehabilitation. Two of three swans have died.

The Ministry of Environment’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch division is responsible for investigating alleged environmental infractions. Prosecutions can result in fines, court orders and probation or jail terms.

Residents with information related to this incident can call the Ministry of Environment’s Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060. More information about reporting spills to the Ministry of Environment is available at

Burlington residents with household hazardous waste (such as paint, fuel and motor oil) for disposal can drop it off, free of charge, at the Halton Waste Management Site, located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of not using storm water drains as dumping sites for hazardous waste. Our storm water system is linked to our creeks, which ultimately connect with Lake Ontario. This body of water is our drinking water source, a habitat for aquatic life and a key part of Burlington’s ecosystem. Let’s work together to keep our city green and safe for both humans and wildlife.


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  1. That volume suggests it might be someone who rented diesel equipment, purchased diesel fuel to run it, then dumped the leftovers. Consider checking area residents who have recently done landscaping.

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