Chester Creek Runs Orange
Storm drains discolor popular creek
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Waterways Council says they've been flooded with calls from people wondering what's up with Chester Creek.
The Waterways Council says it happened a couple of years ago right after the city changed the way storm drains have to be cleaned.
Water from the drains usually just runs into the creeks, but sometimes debris builds up.
Years ago crews would break up the blockage and send the debris into the water, which creates that murky reddish brown pool.
But the waterways council executive director says now workers are supposed to remove the debris instead, because there's no telling what could be trapped in those storm drains.
"Pollutants that are sort of concentrated. Fecal coliform from dog poop that's dried there, anything that's been on the streets, dried detergent, silt and that's then going to mix with the water for the salmon that are starting to come upstream,” said Cherie Northon, Executive Director of the Waterways Council.
She says his office is investigating the incident.
CBS 11 News also put in calls to the mayor's office – they were not returned.