Agencies continue fight on illegal dumping

Posted: January 1, 2018 at 1:05 a.m.

Cpl. Jason Nubbie of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, inspects a large pile of construction debris Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, that had been dumped near the shore of Beaver Lake along Blue Springs Road in Washington County. Nubbie helps to coordinate community service cleanups and planned to bring a crew of workers to the site at a later date. Washington and Benton counties field and investigate hundreds of calls per year about illegal dump sites, much of which are near rivers that feed into Beaver Lake.

Officials in Washington and Benton counties are focused on reducing illegal dump sites through education, recycling and removal services and enforcing environmental laws.

Upcoming Headwaters-White River Cleanup

The Beaver Watershed Alliance plans a cleanup event for the headwaters of the White River to remove trash and bulky waste from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 20.

Volunteers will meet at the Mill Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Trailhead at 9 a.m. and be assigned to locations to clean. There will be a free lunch at 11:45 p.m.

Supplies, including trash bags, gloves and trash pickers, will be provided. For more information or to volunteer, contact melissa@beaverwatershedalliance.org or 750-8007.

Source: Beaver Watershed Alliance

Soil versus Trash Pollution

Illegal dump sites, including trash, is a problem in Northwest Arkansas, but the biggest pollution concern for Beaver Lake is soil and phosphorus, said John Pennington, Beaver Watershed Alliance director. Stream bank erosion contributes tons of sediment and phosphorus to the lake annually, but most people believe the No. 1 problem is trash, likely because it’s more visible, Pennington said.

Source: Staff Report

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