Trinity County Environmental Health is warning the public that Carbofuran (an illegal pesticide), a carbamate, has been found on public lands near Swede Creek.

Swede Creek is a tributary to the Trinity River, entering the river west of Del Loma.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department found illegal marijuana cultivation taking place on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in this area. The public is being notified, so that if your drinking water source is from this creek or watershed or you plan on recreating in the area, you can be better prepared to filter, treat, or proceed with caution when in the area.

Environmental Health will continue to notify the public until the spill has been remediated. If you divert or have a shallow well in the surrounding area, be cautious and use filtration listed below.

How to treat water before drinking? Many of the pesticides of concern can be treated with a Granular Activated Carbon filter and non-ionic polymeric resin filters. Individuals can Google NSF 42, 53, and 401 point-of-use or point-of-entry filters, or they can call the Environmental Health office at 623-1459.

Seek immediate medical treatment if you believe you have been in contact with these chemicals or are experiencing the following symptoms: miosis (pinpoint pupils), blurred vision, tearing; excessive respiratory secretions; salivation; sweating; abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; light-headedness; lassitude (weakness, exhaustion); chest tightness, epigastric pain, labored breathing; cyanosis; muscle twitching; lack of coordination; convulsions; unconsciousness; respiratory failure; skin irritation; possible effects on the immune system.

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