Updated advisory in place after Yuba River turns murky yellow

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Updated advisory in place after Yuba River turns murky yellow

Postby WB Staff » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:31 pm

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YUBA COUNTY, Calif. —
Health officials issued a precautionary no-swim advisory Sunday for part of the middle fork of the the Yuba River downstream from Bullards Bar Reservoir after murky, yellowish water conditions were spotted.

The advisory is for the Rice's Crossing water access, Missouri Bar and Lower Missouri Bar, according to the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services. The no-swim advisory includes swimming, ingesting, bathing and recreational activities.

The discoloration is similar to conditions discovered days ago along the South Yuba River in Nevada County. In that case, "dangerous levels of E. coli were found," the Nevada County Office of Emergency Services said in a statement Saturday.

Yuba Water Agency workers at the Colgate Power Plant discovered the discoloration on the middle fork of the Yuba River on Saturday.

More info and VIDEO at NBC News: https://www.kcra.com/article/no-swim-ad ... w/29178579

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Re: Updated advisory in place after Yuba River turns murky yellow

Postby WB Staff » Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:59 pm

Yuba County Office of Emergency Services

Update on the Yuba River Middle Fork, and it's all good news.... THE NO-SWIM ADVISORY IS NOW LIFTED!

How good is the news? These photos were captured today. Quite a contrast photos from yesterday that we posted this morning.

The Yuba County Environmental Health Team just returned from their survey of the Middle Fork that began down toward Missouri Bar and then continued back up to the Colgate Power Plant. The yellowish sediment that appeared in the water was nowhere to be found today.

The team checked on possible sources of the original murkiness. They spoke to someone who indicated there may have been a small mining operation that caused sediment to be stirred up, creating the discoloration of that stretch of the Yuba River Middle Fork. It looked very much like what was happening on the Yuba River South Fork in Nevada County this past week, but the duration was very, very short.

The "All Clear" has been sounded for the Middle Fork. (A No-Swim Advisory remains in effect for the Yuba River South Fork in Nevada County, from the Town of Washington to, and including, Englebright Lake).

Please know the initial No-Swim Advisory was issued out of an abundance of caution. We're happy to see our river remains clear.
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