Frank Kemper from Mendocino County Environmental Health followed up with me today regarding possible contamination a Caspar Beach and Creek. He said the test results were slightly elevated but not at unsafe levels. He was appreciative of our reporting efforts and would like to attend our next Surfrider meeting January 14th to talk about water testing and the 2012 water test schedule.
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Some discoloration and rather smelly water in Caspar Creek was to be investigated by the county Environmental Health Department Tuesday but no word has come back as to its cause.
It was reported over the weekend that water flowing into the river from Caspar Creek appeared milky and smelled unusual.
This reporter went to the creek Monday and confirmed that the water appeared cloudy and produced a rotten, musty smell, similar to sulfur and/or rotting vegetation.
Environmental Health personnel said the department typically tests ocean waters on Tuesdays.
Environmental Health spokesman John Morley did not return calls as of press time.
While there is no current health department mandate, common sense dictates that persons and pets should stay out of the creek until tests determine the source and extent of possible contamination. Anyone with information should contact the county Environmental Health Department at 463 4466.
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