Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Silt impacts downstream of quarry

Last year Santa Barbara ChannelKeeper documented the impacts of the Ojai Quarry on the Ventura River. Last week we saw similar runoff, despite attempts by the operator to create silt traps and other "best management practices."

These photos of the creek were taken yesterday at the bridge downstream of the quarry. Although the water is now flowing clear, a thick layer of silt has blanketed the creek bottom.

Smothering the gravel impacts the endangered steelhead trout, as well as the other aquatic species which rely on a healthy river ecosystem.