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Wolf Creek tests show increases in fecal contamination

Alicia Knadler
Indian Valley Editor
1.5.2011


During recent storm events in Greenville, fecal contamination levels in Wolf Creek exceeded state water quality standards, but whether or not the source is the sewer ponds remains in question.

Creek samples at intervals above and below the ponds were required after a leak was discovered last summer in a sewer pond used as a secondary sump, or transfer pond.

The pond has since been abandoned, and ongoing improvements in pond operations were in progress until bad winter weather set in.

"We suspect that sewer water did get into Wolf Creek, although we do not know that for sure," said Leanna Moore, general manager of the Indian Valley Community Services District.

Lab tests indicated high levels of contamination above the ponds, and those levels remained the same at a sampling site adjacent to them.

In a previous report, a Plumas County Environmental Health spokesperson was not overly concerned about the concept of some fecal contamination in the creek, which is naturally occurring in the environment, as well as from sources like pasture runoff.

Although levels were high during storm events, they have dropped significantly and are well within state standards for water quality.

Working closely with the state, district workers have completed stage one of the repair plan.

They will continue with stage two as soon as the water table level and weather conditions permit.

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