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Heavy equipment used to dump materials in Meridian Creek, conservation officers seeking suspects

Conservation officers in Creighton are looking for someone who allegedly used heavy equipment to dump materials into Meridian Creek between Creighton and Denare Beach.
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A dumping of gravel, sticks and other materials was found at Meridian Creek by Creighton conservation officers earlier this month. Conservation is now looking for suspects in the dumping, which was illegal under provincial water management laws and blocked a fish-bearing waterway.

Conservation officers in Creighton are looking for someone who allegedly used heavy equipment to dump materials into Meridian Creek between Creighton and Denare Beach.

According to Sasktip, officers believe that someone "pushed gravel and rock into Meridian Creek to alter the flow of water" not far from Highway 106 between July 9-15. Altering the creek is not legal, under provincial decree, without approval from the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency (WSask). Materials dumped into the creek include gravel and sticks - conservation officers say the blockage was man-made.

Meridian Creek runs from Meridian Lake, north of Highway 106 between Flin Flon and Creighton, underneath the highway and through a series of lakes before eventually draining into Amisk Lake. The creek is commonly used as a transitory water body for fish, who then settle in other lakes further along the system.

"It is unlawful to alter the bed, bank or boundary of any waterbody unless permitted to do so through the Water Security Agency," reads a July 28 statement from Sasktip.

Anyone with information about the dumping is asked to call the Saskatchewan TIP Line at 1-800-667-7561. Information can be submitted to the line anonymously and cash rewards may be given in some instances.