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Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 6320, Wallowa Lake Drum

This report shows data entered as of December 7, 2023 at 11:49:43 AM

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Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) Database Site Summary Report - Details for Site ID 6320, Wallowa Lake Drum

General Site Information

Site ID: 6320 Site Name: Wallowa Lake Drum CERCLIS No:
Address: 72115 Marina Lane Joseph 97846
  County: Wallowa Region: Eastern
Other location information:
Investigation Status: Suspect site requiring further investigation
Brownfield Site: No NPL Site: No Orphan Site: Yes Study Area: No
Property: Twnshp/Range/Sect: 3S , 45E , 8 Tax Lots:
  Latitude: 0 deg. Longitude: 0 deg.  Site Size:
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Site Characteristics

General Site Description:
Site History: Background
• In fall 2018, a scuba diver discovered a 55-gallon drum at the bottom of Wallowa Lake with lettering indicating that once held an herbicide.
• Drums have been discovered at the lake bottom for years, a remnant of the days when empty drums were used extensively at the lake to float and anchor docks. It was common practice for people to fill the drums with water, rock or cement and anchor the drums with rope to floating docks or mooring floats. Drums were also commonly used to float docks. Over the years, as the docks disintegrated or were removed or abandoned, many of the drums remained, especially those used as anchors. The herbicide drum was discovered in an area not commonly found in past reports.
• In September 2018, DEQ received a complaint regarding drums in the Lake. This complaint indicated drums in a different part of the lake as that which has historically received complaints.
• Blue Mountain Divers, a local diving group out of Walla Walla, WA, was conducting a club dive to help remove garbage and solid waste when it observed both 55-gallon and 100-gallon drums in the lake. Subsequent photos and video documentation indicated that there were intact drums with “2,4-D”, “2,4,5-T”, and “Weed Killer” labels.
• Additional communication with Blue Mountain Divers by EPA concluded that approximately one dozen 100-gallon intact drums are present at a depth of approximately 85 feet depth. In addition, two dozen non-intact drums are also present in the same area.
• EPA and DEQ has been coordinating response efforts with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), ODF&W, DSL, Wallowa County Health, and Oregon State Parks.
Contamination Information:
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Substance Contamination Information

Substance Media Contaminated Concentration Level Date Recorded
No information is available

Investigative, Remedial and Administrative Actions

Action Start Date Compl. Date Resp. Staff Lead Pgm
ORPHAN SITE  (Primary Action) 06/01/2019   James Collins
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Key to Certain Acronyms and Terms in this Report:

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