Work crews are back at the scene of a cleanup effort at Hazel Bazemore Park in Calallen, and this time they will be drilling test wells.
It is all part of the County's effort to clean up a ravine that was once used as a dumping ground. The test wells will check for any contamination that may have seeped into the water table.
Thousands of tires have already been removed, but County Commissioner Mike Pusley said that is only the tip of the iceberg.
"And it wasn't just tires in the ravine. It was just about everything imaginable had been dumped there at one time," Pusley said. "We cleaned up scrap metal, and drums, and barrels and tires; lots of tires. And probably, I think, the final count was north of 11,000 tires that were removed out of the ravine."
Pusley said that, at one point, crews had been removing up to 500 tires a day.
On Wednesday, the County received a $400,000 grant from the federal government for its share of the million dollar clean up tab. The test wells will remain in place to continually monitor the quality of the water.
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