Fred Hayes, Director of Utah’s Division of Parks and Recreation told ABC 4 News, "Certainly for us it's a big deal. We're coming into our busy season and Willard Bay is an incredibly popular destination. It’s got great fishing, great camping; it's a great place for people to come play on the beach."
But that beach is now contaminated with thousands of gallons of diesel fuel. The Department of Water Quality estimates of the 20,000 gallons spilled, about 3,000 gallons have yet to be cleaned up, and now they've learned some of it is now seeping into the ground water.
Walt Baker, Director of Utah’s Division of Water Quality explained, "There's product making its way out to the bay. We’re seeing hits out beyond the booms and although they're low levels they're still there."
Once they stop the seepage into the ground water and get the water cleaned up, then they'll clean up the contaminated soil, but that could take weeks even months to complete.
"We don't know when the park will be open,” said Hayes. “We've heard all sorts of estimates. We’ve talked about a couple of weeks, now it's a couple of months."
Hayes says the state would rather the clean up take a little longer than have the park open up early and have the job not done properly.
"We are going to be sure it's done right and that the place is safe and healthy again for families to come out and play,” said Hayes.