NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - A creek where children splash around during the summer was surrounded by environmental cleanup crews Thursday.
Discount Labels, a local printing company, discharged water-soluble indigo blue ink near the 1600 block of Slate Run Road, according to City of New Albany spokesman Mike Hall.
Neighbors like Jon Silpayamanant's wife reported the technicolor creek to city officials Wednesday evening.
"There's actually quite a bit of fish and I've seen a snapping turtle in here, but don't think we'll be seeing anything for awhile now," Silpayamanant said.
Crews working for environmental cleanup Evergreen AS attempted to remove fish and amphibians before damning portions of the creek and suctioning everything blue between the green.
"We're focusing on picking up the heaviest concentrations of water with ink, the deepest blue pools that we can find and working our way down the ditch. There was about 200 yards of ditch here where it's accumulated," Dave Bentley said.
City personnel said the dye does not appear to be a severe health risk, but not even the environmental cleanup crew knew what they were going to do with it once they vacuumed the tainted water into tanks.
"We don't normally do disposal on ink. That's an unknown right now," Bentley said.
Environmental crews removed an estimated 10,000 gallons of water from the ditch, leaving behind a blue stained creek bed.
Indiana Department of Environmental Management and New Albany and Floyd County Stormwater personnel collected water samples.
Results from those samples have not yet been released.
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