Butte County land owner receives grant to clear illegal dump site

Nov 3, 2015 6:16 PM by News Staff

A Butte County landowner has been awarded nearly $30,000 to finish cleaning a piece of property near Chico that was once home to numerous squatters and illegal marijuana grows.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery has awarded $135,395 in grants to help fund the cleanup of four illegal dump sites in Placer, Kings, and Butte counties.

In Butte County, $28,853 has been awarded to help clean up a property on Hell Town Road, outside of Chico. The landowner requested the funds saying that since purchasing the property in 2013, 43 cars, nine motor homes, and more than 400 cubic yards of solid waste and scrap metal have been removed.

Despite the progress that has been made, a large amount of waste remains and the grant will allow the property owner to ckear the remaining cars and tires.

The land is currently zoned for agricultural use, and Butte Creek, which supports the largest naturally spawned spring-run of Chinook salmon, runs through the property.


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