A day at one of Stanislaus County’s rivers or parks has become a popular way for Valley residents to escape the exhaustion of the virtual world, but with the large amount of new visitors, there are large amounts of new pollution being left behind. This trash often consists of old fishing gear and bait containers, empty alcohol containers, and strangely enough clothes either left behind or forgotten.
Littering is harmful to the people who use the river, the wildlife inhabiting the river, and powerfully deters tourism, which companies like Sunshine Rafting rely on each year. Stanislaus County provides tools on how to limit your own waste, and provides useful information on some of the repercussions we are forced to deal with as a result of some people’s laziness.
However, littering is still happening, and it won't be the squirrels who will end up having to clean up after people who can’t be helped to take their trash with them. Unbeknownst to most, there are individuals protecting these local getaways from the injustices of pollution caused by litterbugs.
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