PETROLEUM SHEEN IN EAST GARDEN GROVE-WINTERSBURG CHANNEL
Contact: Chris Crompton (714) 955-0630 Grant Sharp (714) 448-1229
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – A petroleum sheen was observed in a County flood control channel located inland of Pacific Coast Highway and three-fourths of a mile south of Warner Ave. The sheen extends for approximately one mile within the channel, but has not passed downstream into Outer Bolsa Bay or the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. The source of the petroleum sheen is currently unknown and it is visually dissipating. The City of Huntington Beach Hazard Materials Unit deployed a petroleum absorbent boom on the upstream side of the tide gate, just downstream of the trash and debris boom at the mouth of the flood control channel. The California Department of Fish and Game requested that Orange County Public Works monitor conditions at the tide gate over the next few days to prevent sheen from entering the Bay and Wetlands. Staff from OC Public Works’ Watersheds Section is currently on site to monitor the situation. For further information, please contact Chris Crompton at (714) 955-0630 or Grant Sharp at (714) 448-1229.