Marystown council troubled by shotgun shells near water supply

George Macvicar
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The Town of Marystown is investigating a disturbing discovery at the town's water supply reservoir.

Lead shot shells are dotted through the snow on the beach at Clam Pond, in Marystown’s watershed area.

Chief administrative officer Dennis Kelly informed council last week that walkers on the beach in Clam Pond, behind Mooring Cove, discovered hundreds of shotgun shells strewn over the snow and ground Jan. 17.

Kelly said he and manager of outside operations Dan Walsh visited the area.

“It seemed like there was skeet or target practice.”

The concern for council is the pond is the town's water shed, “where we get our drinking water,” Kelly said.

He said there is proper signage in the area identifying its use.

The Burin Peninsula District RCMP has been contacted and an investigation is underway, Kelly said.

Coun. Leonard Pittman said although hunters must now use steel shot for hunting, “lead shot is still permitted to be used for practice.”

He suggested the lead could find its way into the water.

Walsh said he again visited the Fox Hill Reservoir-Clam Pond site Tuesday and saw “almost a dump load of garbage, including oil barrels and a hot water boiler, on the access road.”

The Southern Gazette

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