Crews cleaning three-mile spill on Amazon Creek

The city of Eugene is investigating what the substance is and where it came from.

Posted: Apr. 16, 2018 7:34 PM
Updated: Apr. 16, 2018 8:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Crews are trying to find the source of a shiny, smelly substance that could be oil covering three miles of Amazon Creek in west Eugene.

Public works crews said a man on the Fern Ridge bike path was taking shelter under the Bertelsen Road bridge Monday afternoon when he noticed a sheen on the creek and called the city.

The city is coordinating with a Hazmat team and Eugene Springfield Fire. They put several booms on the creek over a three-mile stretch starting at Bailey Hill Road.

Brian Richardson with Eugene Public Works said the city is grateful the man who saw the spill made the call right away.

“We do appreciate the person who called this in because for us there’s no way we could know exactly if there is an issue on the Amazon without help from the public,” Richardson said. “Having the public help us identify any potential issues goes a long way in helping protect the environment.”

Crews are investigating the spill to try to figure out exactly what the substance is and where it is coming from.

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