North County residents worried over Coldwater Creek turning murky white color

HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI) - It looks like something out of a movie.  The water in Coldwater Creek in Hazelwood is a murky, white color.

It’s evident on the back side of St. Cin Park.

Karen Condon was riding her bike there Monday afternoon.

“I think it's nasty,” said Condon.  “We saw it when we were walking our dogs yesterday.  And I walk or bike or run through here every day.  But this is the first time I saw it white.”

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials are testing the water, to try to determine what has happened here.  The creek borders St. Cin Park, a residential area with well-kept homes and kids playing in their own backyards.

DNR officials e-mailed the following statement, Monday.

“Department staff returned to the site at approximately 6:15 a.m. to continue the field investigation by gathering additional samples for testing. Samples that were collected yesterday have been sent to the Missouri Environmental Laboratory for analysis. As of 10:30 a.m., no fish kill has been observed. The department has also notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and the St. Louis County Health Department.”

Alex Gutman was there walking his dog in St. Cin Park Monday afternoon.

“It's weird,” said Gutman.  “I don't know why it happened.  Kind of strange.”

Gutman said he’d never seen it like this before.   A reporter asked if he is worried about it.

“A little,” he said.

James Armstrong was on the basketball court in the park.  He said he’s here every afternoon playing hoops with a group of boys in the neighborhood.

“That looks like soap or something,” said Armstrong.  “Paint, maybe.”

On the south side of Interstate 270, at the end of Byassie, Coldwater Creek appeared clear Monday evening.  But Bob Benson showed us pictures he says he took here on Saturday, at the same location.  And the photos show murky, white water in the creek.

Contacted Monday, officials with MSD, Lambert Airport, and MODOT said they have done nothing to cause the color of the water to change.