Pink Substance in Guerin Creek


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Incident description

Incident Date September 11, 2023
Name DGIR: 233490
Source Pink substance in Guerin Creek
Nearest Community Kamloops, BC
Spilled Content Unknown effluent
Who is involved Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (ENV), Kamloops Fire Department, Thompson River University

Response phase details

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Most recent updates

September 13, 2023

An unknown pink substance was detected in Guerin Creek near the Thompson River University campus in Kamloops. Ministry of Environment (ENV) Response Officers met with University staff and the Kamloops Fire Department at the incident location.

An ENV Response Officer collected samples that are being processed at a laboratory for further analysis and identification. There have been no observations of dead fish and the discharge is occurring upstream to Thompson River University. ENV is in contact with local businesses in the area to identify the source of the contaminant. 

The substance appears to be dissipating with no additional contaminants entering the creek at this time. 

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Unknown pink liquid flowing through Guerin Creek in Kamloops, BC


Spill site