Dead ducks in Denver – 01/23/2007

  • November 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm #1371

    Hundreds of dead ducks discovered
    written by: Shawn Patrick , Reporter
    posted by: Dan Boniface , Web Producer
    created: 1/20/2007 2:29:31 PM
    Last updated: 1/20/2007 6:22:03 PM

    DENVER – Almost 200 dead ducks have been found in a chlorine basin
    at a wastewater treatment facility.

    An engineer first noticed several distressed ducks on site January
    2nd, and then a week later, the staff discovered a pattern; hundreds of
    ducks dead in the water.

    The Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife are
    investigating, as lab tests are being performed in Fort Collins to find a cause to
    the problem.

    For the past 20 years, hundreds of ducks flock to the warm water at
    this plant, but this is the first time the staff has noticed such an
    ominous scene.

    “It’s not unusual at all to have ducks here. The ducks come
    every winter, but we just don’t see ducks die”, said Steve
    Frank, spokesperson for Metro Wastewater Reclamation District.

    Maintenance workers at the plant have a sound gun firing off blank
    shots each half hour to keep the ducks away from the water, until the root
    of the problem is confirmed.

    Workers are also skimming the water to find any remaining ducks.
    Several of the surviving birds sit in cages and towels, with their
    feathers no longer waterproof, possibly suffering from hypothermia.

    The plant increased the amount of chlorine in the water in December,
    but the staff says there’s no connection.

    “When we increased the chlorine dosage we didn’t notice any
    additional ducks, dead or alive, when we decreased it, we didn’t
    notice any change either,” said Frank.

    The staff plans to put a net over the basin to keep birds out of the
    water. Lab results are expected within the next few weeks.
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