DEQ ink runoff pact
University and the Department of Environmental Quality have agreed
to steps to prevent future chemical runoff from Scott Stadium.
runoff of Basamid, a fumigant used to kill residual turf on the
football field after the top layer of grass was removed, killed
629 fish, mostly minnows, in a nearby stream in early May, said
Jeff Sitler, U.Vas environmental compliance officer.
the agreement, signed July 3, the University submitted a plan
to prevent future contamination, including covering storm drains
when using chemicals and not applying chemicals within 10 feet
of the drains. The University also will reassess the storm drain
arrangement, and possibly install holding tanks, with an eye toward
being able to cut off the flow of water if there is a future spill.
University will pay $365 in costs for DEQ staff time and $64.84
for the fish destroyed.