The death of 200 ducks that prompted the draining of a popular Redwood bird-watching pond has been confirmed as avian cholera and officials are warning the public the empty area will smell.
The South Bayside System Authority began draining the wastewater facility pond at 1400 Radio Road on Friday. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service authorities believed at the time that avian cholera from the East Bay was behind the bird deaths but still needed confirmation which was delivered Monday.
Once the water is gone, the several inches of bird excrement on the bottom of the area and record-setting warm weather this week is expected to “enhance” the odors, according to the SBSA.
Depending on wind direction, the odors could impact Redwood Shores neighbors. The wastewater facility is at 1400 Radio Road in southeast Redwood Shores.
“To mitigate what we can, we have heavy equipment ordered and coming in to try and keep the area as fresh as possible, but it is going to smell,” said SBSA Manager Dan Child in a prepared statement.
The pond needs a few months to dry out before possible refilling.