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Two boat ramps open on McKenzie River following oil spill cleanup

Crews are currently on-scene at a potential oil spill in the McKenzie River in Springfield, approximately a mile from Riverbend Hospital. (SBG).

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - The Bellinger and Hendricks Bridge boat ramps have reopened on the McKenzie River following an oil spill that took place on Tuesday.

However, the Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp remains closed until further notice.

There will still be significant activity on land and in the water around the Hayden Bridge Boat Ramp, with boats passing through that must stay in the center of the channel and move past Hayden Bridge without stopping.

Several floating “booms” that had been placed across the river have been removed and smaller booms have been installed along the shore on both sides of the McKenzie near Hayden Bridge. These booms and their associated lines and underwater anchors still pose a significant hazard and boaters should stay as far away from the equipment as possible.

The cleanup effort will continue through the weekend, and there is a possibility for re-closure if necessary.

On Tuesday, 200 gallons of hydraulic oil spilled from a storm water outfall pipe coming from International Paper. The spill occurred near Hayden Bridge, just 800 feet downstream from EWEB's intake area -- the sole source of drinking water for more than 200,000 people in the greater Eugene area.

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