District Director Noah Painter says it’s a “burnt, wet compost, or burnt, wet something” kind of smell. “Stale and stagnant.”
It comes on strong during the overnight hours, especially from 10 o’clock at night till 6 in the morning. Officials say it’s not garbage, and it’s not one of those weird vegetation blooms that are known to occur in the many canals that ribbon around the Pocket.
But whatever it is, it’s getting harder to ignore.
Councilmember Darrell Fong plans to meet with members of the community and the city’s utilities department on Thursday to try and get a lid on the mystery smell.
But the people of West Sacramento know all too well about this funk phenomenon. They deal with it every year around this time.
“Hot days, coupled with relatively cool nights create convection currents in the lakes or other bodies of water. These water bodies characteristically contain decaying organic matter which the currents stir up, releasing methane gas. . . and it just smells awful – sulfur, rotten eggs, etc.”
The report goes on to say that “It appears there isn’t anything we can do to remove this condition.”
Perhaps Mr. Fong can pass out free gas masks to his constituents? It may be better than nothing…