Anoxic events are a common occurrence in Island estuaries during the summer months. The symptoms of an anoxic event include:
- milky white or green discolouration of the water,
- H2S or 'rotten turnip' odour, and
- low (near zero) dissolved oxygen readings.
A list of sites that have recorded anoxic events during 2021 is provided below. A map of these sites is available and Historical information, from 2011 to 2020, is available. A map that highlights the intensity of anoxic events across PEI from 2016 to 2020 is also provided.
Please note that information provided may not capture every anoxic estuary in PEI for a particular year. Some events may not have been reported to or documented by the Department.
2021* Anoxic Events
- Anderson's Creek
- Baltic River (Darnley Basin)
- Barbara Weit River
- Hope River
- Mill River (Meggison's Creek, Long Creek)
- Montrose River (including Huntley Branch)
- Oyster Creek (north branch)
- Stanley River (Granville Creek)
- Wheatley River
- Paynter's Pond
* Current to July 8, 2021
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