Tuesday, December 6, 2011

City: Weird water in Perkerson Park creek focus of 'big investigation'

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Perkerson Park creek turned from clear to gray
City officials say a "big investigation" has been launched to find out why a creek in a popular southwest Atlanta park mysteriously changed colors this weekend.

On Saturday, Andisheh Nouraee sent us photos of the creek in Perkerson Park near Capitol View. Water draining from a tunnel that runs under the neighborhood and into the stream — which in the past has been contaminated with oil and other pollutants thanks to illegal dumping — had turned from clear to gray. Nouraee called the state Environmental Protection Division which involved Atlanta's Department of Watershed Management.

DWM Spokeswoman Janet Ward says field investigators think the strange-colored water came from an "unmapped connection," or pipe, hooked to the storm-water system by a private developer or even the city.

Ward adds: "[Investigators] found where it is and found what it's doing. And now they have to find out whether it's connected to other pipe and whether it's legal or illegal. If it is legal, this discharge could be legal, which is scary."

The city is leading the investigation — which she says is "very, very high priority" — with assistance from the state EPD.

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