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Update on Petroleum Sheen in East Garden Grove-Wintersburg Channel

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – Over this past weekend, as detailed in an OC Public Works press release on December 24, petroleum sheen was observed in a County flood control channel located inland of Pacific Coast Highway and three-fourths of a mile south of Warner Avenue.  The sheen originally extended for approximately one mile within the channel, but was captured by the placement of a petroleum-absorbing boom deployed by the City of Huntington Beach Hazard Materials Unit.  As a result, the sheen did not pass downstream into Outer Bolsa Bay or the Bolsa Chica Wetlands or cause any known environmental harm. 
OC Public Works and the City of Huntington Beach continued to monitor the situation over the last two days. The source of the petroleum sheen is unknown and it has dissipated almost entirely.
After conferring with other agencies, OC Public Works now considers the matter closed.  The petroleum-absorbing boom, deployed between the tide gate and the trash and debris boom at the mouth of the flood control channel, will likely be removed in the next few days by OC Public Works.
For further information please contact OC Watersheds Division:
Chris Crompton (714-955-0630)
Grant Sharp  (714-955-0674)