|Photo credited to [Brendan Babb] Julia O'Malley's|
This morning I got an email with a link to a Facebook post with a picture (credited to Julia O'Malley[UPDATE: she credits it to Brendan Babb in ADN update.]) of Chester Creek at Valley of the Moon Park yesterday morning.
This was a follow up of a call I got yesterday afternoon - did I want to bike down the Chester Creek Trail and check on a report about the Creek being red? It was supposed to be at Valley of the Moon Park. East of the park was supposed to be clear. It was one of the nicest days all summer and I'd been home waiting for the plumber, so I jumped at the chance, leaving the plumber working on the hot water tank. (Another post maybe.)
So, off I went, heading west to Valley of the Moon Park. Here's the creek near Mulcahy Stadium.
Here's the creek at C Street. The orange in the background is plastic fencing, not water.
And as I go through Valley of the Moon Park, the creek looks the same. Although it looks brown, the water itself is clear and you can see the bottom (which is why, I guess, it looks brown.) There was another bridge over the creek just past (west of) the park and E street.
Looks ok to me. Whatever it was, was gone.
For folks unfamiliar with Anchorage, this greenbelt goes right through Anchorage between downtown and midtown. A beautiful strip of natural escape in the middle of the city.
This morning I found a KTUU report yesterday that said (in part):
Images taken by Brendan Babb of the creek near Valley of the Moon Park in Midtown at about 11:15 a.m. show brightly hued water flowing beneath a footbridge. Babb says the coloration had passed when he saw the creek again two hours later.[Did O'Malley post Babb's photo? I don't know.]
A city biologist investigating the incident believes that someone may have introduced the unidentified contaminant upstream.
What pressures were on the people who got rid of their red-orange gunk into this beautiful creek, not far from where it flows into Westchester Lagoon? What were they thinking? Are they totally ignorant of the idea of pollution? Were they pressured by their boss to get rid of it? Were they trying to avoid fees or lines at the city's disposal sites? Will we ever find out?
Who knows? But the ride did reveal that the city had been busy along the Chester Creek Trail yesterday (or maybe the day before) cleaning out homeless camps. Here are three collections that were at the edge of the trail waiting, I presume, to be picked up.
By the way, if you saw the previous post and the video was missing, I've fixed that. Really, go back and check the video. It will make up for this depressing post.