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To control diesel fuel spill, city plans to dig up Matadero Creek bank

Original post made on Jun 25, 2021

In an effort to rid Matadero Creek of the last vestiges of a May 6 fuel spill that has contaminated the waterway, experts plan to dig up the soil next to the creek bed to extract pollutants that might be trapped.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 25, 2021, 9:33 AM

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 25, 2021 at 10:46 am

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Didn't the City Manager issue a statement right after the spill happened saying everything was ducky? And yet again "concerned residents" had to prove it wasn't ducky to get some action, this time by taking their own samples just like they/we have had to take our ow traffic surveys, hire our own lawyers and arborists to challenge the city's claims...


Posted by anon1234
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 25, 2021 at 12:11 pm

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Great that cleanup mitigation measures continue. It sounds like so far all testing has been done on the water. I’m not a expert but shouldn’t soil samples be tested in the areas along the creek before the fragile riparian habitat is disturbed by “tillage and extraction” ? I am just asking.


Posted by Not Good Enough
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2021 at 1:21 pm

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Of course soil sampling interfacing with the creek should have been done long along, including well downstream.

The VA and City are stringing us along– they assured us at the start this was all contained, had not traveled downstream of the booms let alone into Bol Park where they first delayed then later had to put in containment booms and warning signs to keep people away from the creek.

This report notes that next week a plan will be made for the sides of the creek to be tilled to better extract contamination since it's not going away. Next it states that soil testing will be discussed. Surely testing will happen before tilling, though this is hardly clear. Tilling will release more contamination – that's the point and price to pay (VA’s in fines I hope) for causing this toxic spill. All soil tests and locations should be noted and mapped just as they are now in public reports.

Why does the map still wrongly advise us: “Data was collected immediately [not true - it took days] after the spill upstream as a control (point of reference) [not true – this area was contaminated so not a control] location (W-016) and downstream of the boom containment area (W-003). Since the release of the data, two more booms were installed upstream of W-003 and upstream of W-002, since it appears that some of the contaminants may be making their way through the containment zone, as indicated in the W-003…”

City - how about updating old informaiton that is simply inaccurate?






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