[Fosc] Sausal Creek Turbidity, Reminder on Reporting Creek Problems

Kimra McAfee coordinator at sausalcreek.org
Thu Aug 2 18:20:26 PDT 2012

Hi Friends of Sausal Creek,

Those of you who subscribe to some of the neighborhood listservs read 
about reported water discoloration in Sausal Creek below Dimond Park 
this week.  I am posting the below to the neighborhood listservs but 
thought FOSC listserv recipients would also want this information.

Regarding the water discoloration/turbidity in Sausal Creek reported 
last Sunday, City of Oakland Watershed Program staff believes this was 
caused by an EBMUD water main break on Fruitvale Avenue near Tiffin 
Avenue on July 29.  The storm drain infrastructure in this area leads 
directly into a culvert that runs along the southern boundary of the 
park and discharges into Sausal Creek.  There have also been reports of 
an oily sheen in the creek below Dimond Park and above Wood Park; I 
understand that Watershed Program staff are still investigating this report.

Here are some reminders on how you can help protect Sausal Creek.  You 
can also find these reminders on the FOSC website at 
http://www.sausalcreek.org/contacts/report.html .

*Report sewer leaks* immediately; if you smell strong odors or see 
discolored water in the creek, contact the City of Oakland Public Works 
Call Center at (510) 615-5566 or pwacallcenter at oaklandnet.com 
<mailto:pwacallcenter at oaklandnet.com>.

*Report water main or fire hydrant breaks* immediately to (866) 40-EBMUD 
(866-403-2683). Water from EBMUD is toxic to fish, amphibians, and 
aquatic insects because it contains chloramine as a disinfectant.

*Report dumping in progress* immediately to *911*.
For removal of debris, graffiti, or fallen trees, *contact the Public 
Works Call Center at (510) 615-5566 or pwacallcenter at oaklandnet.com 
<mailto:pwacallcenter at oaklandnet.com>, or submit a report online 
Make sure the name of the trail is specified and, if possible, some 
landmark or intersection (e.g., Sunset Trail near the stone bridge; 
Dimond Trail halfway between the Monterey Blvd. trailhead and the 
Bridgeview trailhead).

/Using a mobile app or computer, Oakland residents can now send a 
picture of illegal dumping, graffiti, potholes, or other infrastructure 
problems directly to the Public Works Agency along with a message and a 
GPS location.  Download SeeClickFix app 
(http://www.seeclickfix.com/oakland/) to a cell phone and the report 
will go into the Public Works system.  PWA will fix the problem and 
report back to the SeeClickFix user.
Please also email me or call FOSC at (510) 501-3672 to inform us about 
anything that you report so that we can track the problem and follow up 
as necessary.

Thank you for helping keep our creek healthy!


Kimra McAfee, Executive Director
Friends of Sausal Creek
P.O. Box 2737
Oakland, CA 94602

ph:  510.501.FOSC (3672)
e-mail: coordinator at sausalcreek.org <mailto:coordinator at sausalcreek.org>
web: www.sausalcreek.org <http://www.sausalcreek.org>

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