Crews investigate after water in parts of Amazon Creek turn brown

City leaders tell KEZI 9 News they don't believe the murky water in Amazon Creek is a public health risk, but have crews standing by in case it's toxic.

Posted: Jun. 17, 2018 5:41 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Behind the Lane Events Center, many people said they are shocked to see the water in Amazon Creek drastically change to a brownish orange color.

“This is very unusual,” said Ethen Perkins. “Every day I pass through here and it's usually clear water, today it's tremendously turbid, you couldn't see two inches into it.”


Officials with Eugene Public Works believe a water main break on Saturday stirred up sediment in Amazon Creek. Eugene Water and Electric Board said the break happened in the Fox Hollow and Donald areas of Eugene. With the potential for contaminants to get into the water system, EWEB is asking residents there to boil their water before consuming it. The notice is in effect until Monday morning.

City leaders say they will be collecting water samples from Amazon Creek to be on safe side, but at this time they don't think it's dangerous. Many residents wonder what this could mean for local wildlife.

“I think Eugene is a really green and clean place and I hope it can stay that way,” said Aricha Pluid. “I bring dogs here all the time and I just worry anything they might touch could be contained.”

City leaders told KEZI 9 News they don't believe it's a public health risk but have crews standing by in case it's toxic.

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