RENO — Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) community service crews will clean up three illegal dumps sites next week thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Nevada’s Truckee River Fund.
Through this grant the sheriff’s office was able to rent dumpsters to properly clean dump sites located in Lemmon Valley, Golden Valley and open space area just north of the intersection of McCarran Boulevard and Pyramid Way.
“Even when illegal dump sites are not located near flowing water, ground water can become contaminated by hazardous materials from a large, uncontrolled waste heap,” said Brooke Howard, detention programs coordinator for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff work crews are scheduled to work from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations:
• Monday at the corner of Military Road and Echo Avenue
• Tuesday at the corner of Opal Ridge Drive and Opal Bluff Drive
• Wednesday and Thursday on the west side of Pyramid Way about 1.5 miles north of McCarran Boulevard.
Since 2008, the Truckee River Fund has awarded the WCSO close to $90,000 in grants to fund projects that address local quality of life and public safety issues. In addition to the clean-up dumpsters, grants support the hiring of a work crew supervisor and the purchase of equipment needed for a number of river bank projects such as weeding invasive plant species, removing debris left along the river from homeless camps and helping to protect trees from beaver damage.
The WCSO is a member of the Illegal Dumping Task Force facilitated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful. For more information, visit www.ktmb.org.