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Toxic runoff

Patricia Lind outside Redding City Limits
August 27, 2018, 4:14 PM

Hi I am concerned that toxic house burn waste will not be cleaned up before it rains and will affect our creeks and streams. Sonoma county handed out free wattles to homeowners to prevent toxins from going into streams creeks our lakes and watersheds. I have called Shasta County, the city of redding and Cal OES, and cal recycle and no one seems to be doing anything to prevent toxins from going into our streams, creeks and lakes.

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City Manager's Office 10 months ago

CalRecycle is committed to trying to clean up as many homes as possible before the rains hit. The City and County are well aware of the dangers of toxic ash entering our waterways and storm drains. There will be 15 crews here within the week to begin debris removal, and will amp up to upwards of 50 crews within the month to expedite the clean up process. The crews work 16 hour days 6 days a week to rush the process of cleaning up ash. That said, their timeline is to complete the clean up as quickly as they possibly can with a goal of the end of November being completely finished. There are over 1000 properties county-wide... this timeline is ambitious, but it was developed to try and protect our waterways, our City and our County. There are lots of people working to protect our environment, even if they aren't able to articulate their exact plans at the exact moment you called. Our creeks, streams, rivers and lakes are a priority, and we are working hard to protect them as much as we can.

 

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Patricia Lind 10 months ago

Yes I am glad to hear that clean up has begun. Sonoma county gave out wattles to homeowners so that they could put them around areas were ash could run off into creeks, rivers or storm drains. When will Shasta county or City of Redding be handing out wattles or structures to prevent toxins from entering water ways? Rainy season will be here in weeks so it is time to get this in place.

 

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City Manager's Office 10 months ago

The plan is to get the ash cleaned up and removed before the rain hits, thereby eliminating the need for wattles. The plan is to not need wattles because there won't be any ash left to wash away. As we get closer to October, the City/County may have to reevaluate based on the progress of the debris removal.

 

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Patricia Lind 10 months ago

I have called Cal EOS, Cal recycle and Central Valley Regional Water Control Board and was told optimistic time plan for clean up of all home sites would be end of November this year. According to average rain fall it will start to rain mid September. There is no way the sites will be cleaned up by then so why not be proactive?

 

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City Manager's Office 10 months ago

Patricia, while the last of the properties may not be completely clean until the end of November, the vast majority, particularly in the City, will be finished long before that. The point here, is that the City and County are committed to doing all we can, within the confines of our ability and budget, to protect our residents, community, and environment. While we may not be able to get it all right all the time, we are consistently working, planning, and making things happen to keep the community and those who live in it safe. We are being proactive on a lot of fronts right now, some you see and some you may not. Cleaning up after the Carr fire is a daunting task that City and County staff are committed to take on to protect all of those who live here. We can not predict down to the day when rain will begin, but we have an idea of what to expect and we are acting accordingly.

 

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Patricia Lind 10 months ago

While we can not predict when the rain comes we know it will come and we know that the following creeks will be impacted by toxic runoff: Middle, Rock, Boulder, Spring, Clear creek, Deadwood, Whiskey, Paige Boulder creek and South Fork Spring Creek. What homes will be taken care of first the ones on steep terrain by creeks? Again Sonoma county bought supplies for wattles, the water quality control board paid and helped put together wattles and monitored creeks after rain set in for toxins, debri removal had to remove wattles later because they were so toxic. This is how Sonoma county kept their creeks and rivers form being contaminated with toxins. Why can we not do the same? Are our rivers and creeks less worth to our county and city?

 


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