Massive Response After Rancho Bernardo Creek Turns Purple

Connie Bakken opened her bedroom window Sunday morning and didn’t quite believe her eyes. “I called my husband and said, ‘Why is the stream purple?” she says. Bakken lives in a Rancho Bernardo home that overlooks a creek just west of Matinal Circle. What she saw – the creek where she loves to watch turtles and crabs live naturally turn into a deep, unnatural purple. “It didn’t look like water,” Bakken says. “It actually looked like purple paint.”