May 1, 2013 6:45 pm
Updated: May 2, 2013 8:14 am

Duck rescue at Mosaic potash waste water ponds

Some ducks survive rescue after landing on potash waste water ponds in southern Saskatchewan.

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BELLE PLAINE, Sask. – A spokesman for potash producer Mosaic says about 50 ducks were rescued after landing on waste water ponds at its Belle Plaine mine in southern Saskatchewan.

Brad DeLorey says several ducks died, even though officials tried to save them.

DeLorey blames unseasonal spring weather for what he calls an unusual circumstance.

The harsh winter means water spots for returning waterfowl are still frozen, so the birds have been landing on the pools.

DeLorey says the ponds are set up to deter birds and further preventative measures have been taken.

He says no birds have landed on the oily, briny water since Sunday.

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