[UPDATE 4/2] Trespass Grow on USFS Land Believed Source of Hazardous Spill in Kingsbury Creek Near Hayfork
Late yesterday, Trinity County Environmental Health issued a warning that a hazardous substance had been spilled on Kingsbury Creek a tributary of Hayfork Creek which is a tributary of the south fork of the Trinity River.
“The debris was indicative of a trespass grow dumped on USFS land,” stated an email by Kristy Anderson, Director of Trinity County Environmental Health. “I went and tested the material, and we cannot rule out Carbofuran.”
According to a Cornell University Pesticide website, “Carbofuran is highly toxic by inhalation and ingestion and moderately toxic by dermal absorption (6, 30). Risks from exposure to carbofuran are especially high for persons with asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mechanical obstruction of the gastrointestinal or urogenital tracts, or those in vagotonic states.”
The initial report asserted that the spill came from “a hit and run vehicle accident causing the release. No [vehicles] were found on scene when the USFS arrived.”
Residents who drink water from Kingsbury Creek are recommended to treat water before drinking. Below is the entire press release from Trinity County:
Trinity County Environmental Health is warning the public that there has been a spill in Kingsbury Creek of unknown substances, the substance is suspected to be an organophosphate, a harmful pesticide. We will continue to notify the public until the spill has been remediated. If you divert or have a shallow well in Kingsbury Creek, be cautious and use filtration listed below.
How to treat water before drinking? Many of the pesticides of concern can be treated with a Granular Activated Carbon filter and non-ionic polymeric resin filters. Individuals can Google NSF 42, 53, and 401 point-of-use or point-of-entry filters, or they can call our office at 623-1459 for more information.
Map of the area: The red marker indicates the GPS coordinates of the spill.
UPDATE 4/2: According to Kristy ANderson, Director of Environmental Health for Trinity County, “The spill at Kingsbury Creek has been cleaned up by the USFS’s environmental cleanup contractors.”