Photo by Ben McLeod

Kwik Trip fuel spill affects Lake Winona


A fuel spill at Kwik Trip on Huff and Sarnia streets on Sunday has resulted in a fuel leakage via the storm drain system into the western side of Lake Winona. Kwik Trip contacted West Central Environmental Consultants (WCEC) of Fridley, Minn., to clean up the spill at the lake, putting down chemical booms in an effort to contain the fuel. The Winona Fire Department responded as well.

Winona Fire Chief Curt Bittle said, “Kwik Trip called their cleaning contractor, they did all due diligence on the spill. Some fuel leaked into the drain at West Lake Winona, so the contractor was contacted, and they added [chemically absorbent] pads.” The WFD pulled its own skirt boom away from the area, and WCEC added its own absorbent boom. The WCEC boom will remain in place until Thursday.

A number of visitors to the Lake on Friday reported a chemical odor and a fish die-off at the drainage pipe at Harriet and West 15th streets. At the pipe’s outflow, dead fish floated while others swam upside down in the open water around the pipe. A thick oily patch is encircled by the absorbent boom. “To get that reflective sheen on the water, it doesn’t take a lot,” Chief Bittle said.


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