(KCPW News) More than a year after the Red Butte Oil Spill, efforts are still underway to ensure the Red Butte Creek riparian corridor is restored to its original condition. Salt Lake City Environmental Programs Manager Renee Zollinger says the city is placing new signs along the creek to let the community know how to report any oil residue they come across.
“This summer as the flows came down and things stabilized, the group started talking about ‘how do we let people know that we’re still responding?’” she explains. “How do we let them remind them who to call so that we can respond more quickly? And so we have been talking about it since late June or early July.”
Zollinger says even though calls from residents have subsided, everyone involved in the cleanup efforts feels the signs are important.
They’ll be placed in 21 different areas.
“Chevron and the agencies involved in the Unified Command all wanted to have that kind of public outreach so that people didn’t feel like everybody had walked away from it and left it, but that everyone was still available to respond. It’s not helpful to us or to our community if it takes weeks for them to find the right person,” says Zollinger.
The city says water quality, sediment, bank soil and aquatic organisms will continue to be monitored.
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