Goleta Slough Contamination?

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Does anybody know or recognize what this sheeting, surface covering, accumulating substance is??? It does NOT appear natural.

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Flicka Nov 01, 2017 10:47 AM
Goleta Slough Contamination?

I don't think it would be wise to go into the water. Whatever "contaminated" involves, it surely has plenty of bacteria.

Lucky 777 Nov 01, 2017 09:59 AM
Goleta Slough Contamination?

Underneath the slough is the LA GOLETA GAS FIELD. This natural gas storage field at La Goleta — off More Ranch Road and landward of the Goleta Slough sandspit — can hold up to 21.5 billion cubic feet. I'm not saying it has anything to do with gunk in the water, but to keep the community informed of any “reportable” event occurring there, Southern California Gas Company has begun a community notification system. The massive Aliso Canyon gas leak, which spewed an estimated 97,000 tonnes of methane into the air near Porter Ranch, prompted the alert system. People who live in the area may have no idea this is beneath the ground there.

woodruff Nov 01, 2017 12:19 AM
Goleta Slough Contamination?

This has been going on for the fifty-plus years I've lived here. That stinky, rotten-egg smell is caused by an algae-related problem in both the Goleta Slough and the Bird Refuge that occurs when there's an algal bloom (called eutrophication) that is related to heat and low water levels, all typical conditions in SB in the Fall before the weather cools off and we get rain. More info here: http://www.independent.com/news/2012/jun/21/smelly-bird-refuge-mystery/

oceandrew Nov 01, 2017 08:55 AM
Goleta Slough Contamination?

Build up of nutrients from runoff of lawn and landscape fertilizers and feeders is a big contributor to eutrophication. Bird poop and decomposing plant matter is not as significant. It doesn't help that there is no tidal flush of the slough of any significance that helps bring in oxygen rich water from the ocean to limit the anaerobic decomp that's the big culprit where putrid smells are concerned.

pstarSR Oct 31, 2017 10:04 PM
Goleta Slough Contamination?

Stagnant water can look like that. I won't assume it's nothing. But I won't assume it's contamination either. Ever see the bird refuge after a hot spell? Green and stinky

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