Dec 15, 2009 12:48 AM by Danielle Lerner

Dirty water near Guadalupe Dunes caused by residue, ash and soot

There was something in the water near the Guadalupe Dunes Monday, and the U.S. Coast Guard believes it was residue, ash and soot from nearby burn areas.

The Coast Guard was called out to investigate a large area of dirty water near the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes County Park, where the Santa Maria River empties into the ocean.

It was initially thought to be an oil spill, but a helicopter surveyed the area and later determined it was storm runoff from nearby burn areas.

Two abandoned well heads were also uncovered by the river outflow and they were investigated by the California Department of Fish and Game.

Back in August,the La Brea fire burned nearly 90,000 acres about 20 miles east of Santa Maria.


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