While there has been a lot of rain recently, old-timers who live in the watershed said they've never seen it run so muddy. In the past few days, officials have found the source of the heavy silt, a landslide that started on an old logging road on a tributary of Jacoby Creek called Monahan or Golf Course creek.
Now they are trying to figure out how to stem the flow of mud from the collapse, especially since salmon are taking the brunt of it in the estuary before heading out to sea. The slide is on private property above the Baywood Country Club Clubhouse Restaurant, according to e-mails sent between California Department of Fish and Game personnel. Fish and Game Environmental Scientist Scott Bauer wrote that water had been pouring from a cut bank onto the old road, which made the road fail.
”The hillslope is very steep ... and this failure will continue to discharge sediment for some time,” Bauer wrote.
Those who live along the creek are mostly concerned about having the problem fixed.