By Maria Tor
July 19, 2001
The University agreed this week to work to protect nearby streams from chemical leaks from the football field at Scott Stadium.
The agreement came almost two months after a toxic pesticide used on the field washed into a nearby creek and killed all the aquatic life residing there, University environmental compliance manager Jeff Sitler said.
The University submitted a short-term plan to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality detailing how it plans to prevent spills in the future, Bill Hayden, a spokesman from the department said.
In early May, the football field was overwatered, and a fumigant called Basamid washed into the storm sewers of the stadium and then into a nearby stream, a violation of state environmental law.
The chemical killed about 600 fish, which included minnows and eels, Sitler said.