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South Ukiah Rotary Club has been an enthusiastic supporter of cleanups along the Russian River since Becky Kress’ first efforts almost 30 years ago.
Over the last several years, we have participated alongside other volunteers organized by the MCRCD (Deborah Edelman et al) in cleaning up tributary creeks, including Ackerman and Orrs creeks (and others)
About two years ago, we organized an “independent” cleanup of illegal dump sites along Low Gap Road, west of the High School, with trash impacting Orrs Creek. But the trash keeps coming!!
Along the Russian River itself, and along the side creeks under the bridges, the trash is almost entirely from the homeless. But, further out along Orrs Creek, it is obviously household trash, including furniture, appliances, and tires!
We have, from time to time, made suggestions to County supervisors and other staff that two things ought to be done:
- Put up “game cameras” above these dumping spots to identify – and prosecute – the illegal dumpers; and
- Put a large dumpster in the area, to be serviced regularly
These suggestions have been rebuffed, again and again – with two statements: “no money” and “don’t want to [“enable” (free) dumping]”
We need help to move the County to do SOMETHING!
South Ukiah Rotary Club
Environmental Service Committee