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Health Department issues advisory for Sugar Island after spill

Do not wade, swim, or allow pets to drink from the river
Crews lay a boom in the water at the scene of an oil spill on the St. Marys River on June 9, 2022.

Due to a recent release of oil at Algoma Steel, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the Chippewa County Health Department has issued a No Body Contact Advisory for the following areas of Sugar Island:

Sugar Island’s North Shore Area, from West Shore Dr., north of 1 ½ Mile Rd., along Northshore Dr., and along E. Village Rd.

People are advised to avoid body contact with surface waters in the above area.

  • Do not wade or swim in this area of the St. Marys River.
  • Do not allow pets to wade or swim in, or drink water from the river.
  • If you have a surface-water intake of river water that supplies water to your home, do not drink this water and do not use this water for body contact.

If you do have body contact with the river water, wash the affected area with soap and clean water.

It is not expected that well water has been contaminated. If the top of your well is underwater from river water, do not use the well for a drinking water source and contact the health department.

Additional monitoring of the area will be conducted. Additional information about areas affected will be posted as it becomes available.

The Health Department will notify the public when this advisory has been lifted.

Please contact Suzanne Lieurance at the Chippewa County Health Department if you have questions regarding this advisory, at (906) 635-3622.