Environmental advocates says Six Flags Magic Mountain polluting river

Posted Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:59 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

Environmental groups are accusing Six Flags Magic Mountain of polluting the Santa Clara River with huge volumes of contaminated water and allowing trash with its logos to spill into the Southern California waterway and toward the ocean. The allegations were made in a letter sent to the Valencia theme park last week by a coalition of environmental groups, whose investigators say they found alarming levels of pollutants in water sloshing out of the facility's storm water outfalls into the nearby waterway during rainstorms.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:36 AM

Out of everything in the article, I found the last paragraph the most surprising and disheartening.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:04 AM

It is probably very difficult to not release excessive grease from a huge parking lot like that.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 2:21 PM

Problematic as it may be, how does it compare to a storm drain next to a highway?

Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:52 PM

That's what I don't get... are they intentionally stuffing plastic bags and rubber balls down the sewer to save on trash pickup, or is it just a byproduct of littering like you'd have anywhere. Just more concentrated here due to the number of people.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:46 PM

I haven't been to Magic Mountain, but, I am not surprised that someone would accuse the park of pullution. I often feel kind of grossed out every time I am at Cedar Point, because of the disgusting state of the water around various rides.

If you stand in the Mantis or Iron Dragon que, and look down into the water, there is all kinds of trash floating there, and you can see the oil sitting on top of the water, and the poor fish coming up occassionaly gasping for air. Not to mention the poor pine trees by the stairs leading to the station, which are filled with discarded gum. People are pigs!

I have also left the park well after close, and there is trash every where. But, I do not blame the park for it. If anything they should blame the customers, as there is a garbage container about every 20 feet in the park, the guests are just too lazy to take care of their unwanted trash. I would bet that a good over-nite windstorm or rainstorm would cause a lot of that trash to end up in the Sandusky bay.

Sometimes, if you are driving up the causeway, you can look into the water and see the trash floating there, or washed up on the grass. However, We all know that Cedar Point makes a huge effort to keep the trash where it belongs. All you have to do is go into Sandusky, and there is a lot more trash laying around. And, some areas of the city smell. We stayed at a Days Inn there once, and the smell was so bad, we considered going to another hotel. But, that was when we didn't know about the hotels in Norwalk, which were not only smell free, but cheaper.

But, I think it would be hard to keep the trash out of any place that was visited by thousands of people (pigs) every day. I also worked for a carnival, and trash pickup after close was a very long job. Trash every where.

Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:02 PM

The fish breathe air? They must be mutants. Or Aquaman.

Friday, April 27, 2012 8:47 AM

Timber-Rider said:
I also worked for a carnival.

So, do you find it hard to type with such small hands?

Friday, April 27, 2012 10:50 PM

Yes, carp can breathe air in oxygen poor water.

Ok, will go back to minding my own business now

Saturday, April 28, 2012 6:43 PM

Jeff said:

Problematic as it may be, how does it compare to a storm drain next to a highway?

Probably comparable for one drain. The difference is that highways are very narrow and very long, so one drain doesn't collect water from a large area. And what the drains do collect is released all along the length of the highway, not concentrated in one place. So the highway releases a little bit of pollution every couple hundred feet. The park is doing the opposite-- it's collecting pollution from many places and releasing it at one concentrated location.

What bothers me is the items with the six flags logo. I'm assuming it's cups and other trash. The only way I can see that getting into the river is overflow trash getting hosed into the stormwater system. Keeping that stuff out is totally preventable at several steps along the way. They can fix the problem for a lot less than what they're paying in fines and possibly fighting a lawsuit.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:13 AM

Jeff said:

The fish breathe air? They must be mutants. Or Aquaman.

Actually, I was thinking of Mutant fish as I was typing. There is so much crap floating in that water, I wouldn't be surprised to see a mutant fish. probably floating on top of the water dead from the sludge.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 1:19 AM

Raven-Phile said:
So do you find it hard to type with such small hands?

I actually do have small hands. But, I didn't work for the carnival because of my small hands like you are getting at. Nope I was chosen for another part of my body which is Gigantic. And, no it's not my head.

I sold hot dogs in a stand. We made $20,000.00 in one night.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:38 PM

I wouldn't touch that with a 39 and a half foot pole.

Sunday, April 29, 2012 10:22 PM

I'd feel awkward asking a potential new hire how big his penis is during the job interview. That's just not right. :D

Monday, April 30, 2012 1:33 AM

Oh, was that the reference? I was thinking ass.

Monday, April 30, 2012 8:18 AM

"Big Dick's Hot Dog Stand is hiring big dicks and huge asses for the upcoming carnival! Apply today!!!"

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 11:07 AM

Thread gone downhill in 3-2-1...


Good one Darth Vater, good one!


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