CREATED Sep. 9, 2013
LA QUINTA - The recent storms washed down dark-looking muck in local river channels, including at the wash in La Quinta between Jefferson Street and Washingston Street. At first, it seems natural for the mud to be this dark after a storm, but at second glance, it's unusually dark, almost like tar. This left many residents wondering why.
A spokesperson from the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) said it was nothing to be alarmed by. The thick, black mud is a combination of ash from the burn areas in Idyllwild and from debris carried by the storm. This combination of runoff has made it all the way to the East Valley. What runs into the washes below the burn areas in Palm Springs eventually runs downstream the entire length of the wash, as many as 50-miles.
The water and sediment aren't posing any threat to the public, according to CVWD, being only organic matter waiting to be recycled. However, the spokesperson still advised to not handle anything inside the water and mud.