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The contaminated water in Paradise has left many unanswered questions for those who have moved back but there might also be a concern for surrounding areas.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 3:42 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2019 12:30 PM

Updated 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 27, 2019 - CLICK THIS LINK to see what legislation State Senator Jim Nielsen has proposed to help pay for the clean-up of toxicity in watersheds that is related to wildfires that occurred upstream, such as the Camp Fire.

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PARADISE, Calif. - The contaminated water in Paradise has left many unanswered questions for those who have moved back but there might also be a concern for surrounding areas.

Action News Now recently spoke with Chico State Professor Jackson Webster about regional water issues.

He says that we are still learning about the potential impacts on our waterways and that there is a direct connection between the waterways in Paradise and the Valley.

"Some waterways -- Dry Creek, Clear Creek -- originate in the town of Paradise. There's a possibility that a material that is being leached out of and draining from the town of Paradise are entering our waterways. From a water quality perspective, that's something we should be paying attention to. That doesn't mean that we're going to find massive amounts of contamination or that there's a health risk, but it's something we need to paying attention to and trying to understand," Webster said.

Water testing released Thursday showed higher than normal levels of lead, aluminum and arsenic.

State water officials advise people to not drink any water from waterways, or even wells in the Camp Fire burn scar area.

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