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Construction Work May Be To Blame For Corte Madera Sewage Spills

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CORTE MADERA (KCBS) – Sanitation officials in the North Bay are investigating the cause of two sewage spills into Corte Madera Creek in less than a week, and the problem may have something to with construction work done nearby earlier this year.

On Wednesday, water crews in Marin County cleaned up after a large sewage spill near Kentfield Middle School in Larkspur.

KCBS’ Melissa Culross Reports:


Brett Richards, executive director of the Ross Valley Sanitary District, says it’s the second spill of untreated sewage into Corte Madera Creek in less than a week.

“We have an above ground pump bypass, and we’re hooking that up, and if we get a moderate to low amount of rain, which we expect, we plan on being able to handle all of it,” said Richards.

The first spill happened last Friday, and Richards says afterwards crews discovered large sections of asphalt, hard hats and other construction debris inside the drainage pipes there. He said they are working with regional water quality officials to investigate whether a contractor who worked on a project nearby over the summer may be responsible.

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