Dozens Come Out To Clean Jerome County
Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Dozens of people spent the day Saturday cleaning up the North Canyon Rim. The event started fourteen years ago and continues to keep the canyon rim free of trash.
The Southern Idaho Off Road Association enjoys using the North Canyon Rim for club activities, but Saturday their club spent the day giving back.
Greg Moore, SIORA says, "way back in the beginning when this area was being talked about being a multi use facility, multi use park. Our club thought we could promote some good feelings between government agencies to get the park developed so we started a cleanup area out here."
The club worked with other volunteer groups and the BLM to rid the area of trash and waste.
"BLM participates in the capacity of providing trash bags, some law enforcement support, gloves and we put everybody under the volunteer agreement which protects everybody in case someone gets hurt," adds David Frieberg, BLM.
The event has grown over the past fourteen years. But this year the trash hasn't.
"This year it looks like the tonnage is going to be down which is a good thing. Last year we took over thirty two tons to the landfill. This year it will probably be about 20 tons."
Even though the amount of trash is down, there is still plenty of room for improvement.
"Ideally people would stop dumping. You can get a ticket for doing it obviously its illegal. There is a transfer station just down the road. But trash begets trash and when you have an event like this and clean it up, those areas tend to stay cleaner than those areas that already have trash. People are more comfortable dumping garbage where there is already garbage."
Keeping the North Canyon Rim clean for our generation and for future generations.
Cesco Equipment and Southern Idaho Solid Waste both helped sponsor the event.