Mud spills from property again, Ginn says
Vail, CO Colorado
RED CLIFF ” Mud spilled into Willow and Turkey creeks from the Ginn Development Co.’s property when trespassers damaged some sediment control barriers Sunday, authorities said.
Two people on dirt bikes reportedly damaged the barriers while traveling up Willow Creek Road near Red Cliff, said Kim Andree, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.
“A minor amount” of sediment discolored the creeks, but Ginn employees corrected the situation, according to a Ginn news release.
This is the second time Ginn sediment has discolored waters in the area since last week.
The barriers the trespassers destroyed were designed to prevent erosion. When sediment builds up in rivers, it smothers insects and makes it difficult for trout to spawn. Too much sludge can also raise water temperatures, which fish also hate.
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Additional discolored water from natural runoff has tinted Willow and Turkey creeks through Red Cliff as the height of spring runoff begins in the Eagle River Valley, Ginn’s release stated.
“Any amount of discolored water coming from our property is unacceptable,” said Bill Weber, senior vice president for Ginn, in the release. “We will work tirelessly until we reach that goal.”
Ginn’s employees patrol the area to prevent trespassers from entering the property and someone will work around the clock soon, said Cliff Thompson, local spokesman for Ginn.
Because Ginn owns the property, the Willow Creek Road and all other roads onto the property continue to be closed to all but company personnel to protect the watershed, the release stated.
Ginn cleaned up last week’s mud spill and has enhanced barriers in anticipation of spring runoff, officials said.
The sediment barriers were located where the company has been conducting pine beetle management activities during the last two years.
Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.