Flood waters reportedly full of contaminants

As flood recovery efforts continue throughout the state, several concerns about the condition of floodwaters are emerging. Oil, debris, and intestinal bacteria are just a few of the contaminants that have spilled into Colorado’s waterways, complicating clean-up efforts and posing a risk for public safety.

IMG_5483

As if Colorado hasn’t experienced enough destruction in the past week, officials are now facing a 5,250-gallon crude oil spill in the South Platte River. Furthermore, National Geographic reports many of the state’s wells are also at risk, and 1,900 wells have had to be closed off to prevent leakages.

Debris removal is another huge issue confronting Coloradans. The Denver Post reported this week that state regulators were working on waivers for safety and environmental standards at landfills in order to handle the toxic refuse at city drop-off sites and debris still piled in creeks and rivers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are urging people to stay out of floodwaters to avoid infectious organisms. Hopefully, CU-Boulder students will think twice before pulling out their inner tubes after reading this Boulder Weekly article.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s