Flat Branch water quality not affected by Brookside fire

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | 6:15 p.m. CDT; updated 3:48 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 14, 2012

COLUMBIA — Flat Branch water quality tests have indicated that the runoff from the Brookside fire had no effect on the water quality of the creek.

The water samples were tested in the environmental services laboratory at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and the results came out Tuesday, said Renee Bungart, spokeswoman for the department.

Some of the parameters the department tested included dissolved oxygen, ammonia and nitrogen. Bungart said among all the parameters, some are below the maximum contaminate level for federal and state regulations and some are nondetect, which means the level was so low that staff in the lab weren’t able to detect them.

One staff member from the department went to Flat Branch to collect water samples May 29, two days after the Brookside fire, according to a previous Missourian report.

Bungart said the staff member collected water from four locations along Flat Branch: Flat Branch Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden and Hinkson Creek downstream and upstream from Flat Branch.

Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.

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