Unified Command responds to pollution in Huntington Beach flood control channel

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The Coast Guard, in partnership with State and local officials, is responding to a pollution incident at a Huntington Beach flood control channel east of Beach Boulevard this afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach initially received a report Thursday evening of a brown oil substance located in the Huntington Beach flood control channel, approximately between Adams Ave. and Atlanta Ave. Coast Guard pollution investigators were dispatched to the scene and did not observe any signs of pollution.

Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach received a second report Friday morning, and again dispatched pollution investigators. Upon initial assessment, pollution investigators identified brown oil patches with sheening intermittently along 1.5 miles of the channel. Friday afternoon, Coast Guard pollution investigators were made aware of four unidentified species of oiled birds. The Oiled Wildlife Care Network is prepared to treat any affected wildlife. If the public observes any oiled wildlife they are asked to please call the Wetlands and Wildlife Care center at 714-374-5587 between the hours of 7 a.m to 7 p.m.

The Coast Guard, in partnership with the California Department of Fish & Game, the County of Orange and the Huntington Beach Fire Department formed a unified command and have contained the oil and have begun cleanup efforts.

Agencies currently in partnership to identify, mitigate, and treat the pollution incident include the Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish & Game, Orange County Public Works, Huntington Beach Fire Department, Huntington Beach Public Works, Ocean Blue Environmental, and the the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.

The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the situation and applauds the bold steps taken by the County of Orange and the City of Huntington Beach to mitigate the environmental impact posed by this incident.

Agency responders are investigating the source of the oil.

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