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City Creek contaminated with latex paint

Posted - Aug. 3, 2010 at 9:54 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- City Creek looked more like the Milky Way Tuesday night.

Around 7:30 p.m., residents called police and firefighters to report a white, milky substance flowing down City Creek in Memory Grove.

"We've determined this to be latex paint that has either spilled or been illegally dumped into the waterway," said Salt Lake City fire Capt. Darren Baum.

Baum said investigators have determined the paint entered a storm drain. So far, they've traced it all the way back to the area of 9th Avenue and H Street.

If the health department can determine who did it, they will impose stiff fines.

Teams want to remind everyone that anything that goes down a gutter and into a storm drain will end up in the waterways -- either in a creek, which will find its way to the Jordan River, or directly in the river itself.

In this case, there's no danger to the public. Crews plan to flush out the storm drain in the area of 9th Avenue.

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