Hazmat incident kills 100 fish in Arlington Creek
About 100 fish died Wednesday after a hazmat incident in a northern Virginia creek.
The incident happened at Four Mile Run between South Walter Reed Drive and South Taylor Street, according to the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services. The exact cause was not immediately clear, and the agency said in a Twitter post that the incident was under investigation.
Peter Golkin, a spokesman for the agency, said initial findings showed there was a “chemical smell” near a storm drain and that “this would indicate that someone likely poured something bad there.”
It is illegal to dump chemicals in a creek, and Golkin reminded the public that such activity harms wildlife and the environment.
“There are no filters on the storm drains, so whatever goes downhill finds its way through the watershed, through the creeks, and may eventually reach the Chesapeake Bay,” Golkin said.
No area of the Four Mile Run trails or park is closed, but authorities said people and their pets should stay out of the water in this area. They also gave several tips on waterway safety.
Golkin said there was no cleanup plan and rain is usually the best way to deal with a spill because it “repels and dissipates whatever has been spilled.”
Four Mile Run is one of Arlington’s largest waterways and covers an area of approximately nine miles.