BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A tanker truck hauling around 8,000 gallons of gasoline crashed on Thursday on US 36 at Apple Valley Road.
The Environmental Protection Agency said multiple fish were killed after as much as 1,000 gallons of fuel spilled into the North Saint Vrain Creek, most of them various species of trout.
US 36 will remain closed for several days at Apple Valley Road. Personal vehicles can get around the closure using Apple Valley Road, but commercial vehicles will need to take CO 7 or US 34.
Colorado Parks and wildlife said it’s investigating the extent of damage to fish in the North St. Vrain Creek. If you have any pictures/video of dead fish, please submit those to LyonsFishInfo@state.co.us.
CPW wants to document the number and kinds of fish that have been impacted.
Downstream the town of Lyons warned people to stay out of the water. It’s the reason Teacher Athena Dubois kept her outdoor classroom a safe distance away.
“We just read the signs. That it was hazardous. So we didn’t want to touch it,” said Dubois.
But so far the EPA tests show the creek appears to be flushing out the fuel leaving the water safe.
“We have gotten a lot of preliminary data back as of now. All of our samples are above our drinking water standards. None of them are of any levels of concern,” said EPA on site coordinator Valeriy Bizyayev.
EPA tests may show its safe, but Dubois doesn’t like the look of it.
“We come everyday and it doesn’t look like this. All these bubbles. It never looks like this,” said Dubois who uses outdoor settings to teach kids about nature.
The EPA said the goal of removing contaminated soil is to stop any more contamination of the creek.
Still, people who live along the creek are encouraged to call the EPA if they see pockets of gasoline in the creek or smell it in the air.
For now though, despite it’s color and foam, the North St. Vrain Creek is getting back to normal.
Crews are hoping to have US 36 open by this weekend.