City responds to diesel spill to minimize impacts

Published on July 12, 2022

Cleanup efforts were immediately underway following a diesel spill that occurred near the Bear Creek Greenbelt close to the intersection of West Dartmouth Place and West Dartmouth Avenue in Lakewood Monday morning.

Spill cleanup of the estimated 200 gallons concluded around 3 p.m. Monday, with minimal impacts to the waterway.

Lakewood staff and West Metro Fire Rescue immediately placed absorbent booms across Bear Creek at Wadsworth Boulevard to absorb as much of the diesel fuel as possible. Booms were also put in place on the drainage that leads to the creek from the spill on the street. These booms will be periodically replaced during the next few days.

This incident was not associated with the Bear Creek Trail improvement project occurring west of the spill. The contractor on the project assisted in cleanup efforts.

Parks staff continue to monitor the creek, and as of Tuesday morning, could only observe a minimal sheen on the creek in slow moving sections. No impacts to fish have been detected at this time. While any risk is considered low, signs have been posted to alert park visitors to stay out of the water and keep pets away until further notice. Visit Lakewood.org/BearCreekGreenbelt for updates.

The Lakewood Police Department continues to investigate. If anyone has any information on this crime, they are asked to call dispatch at 303-980-7300 and reference Lakewood PD case LK22-021086.

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