Parks and Recreation, volunteers clean up Feather River

The Feather River Park and Rec District in Oroville, with the help of volunteers, tackled a big job - cleaning up a massive mess left behind in homeless camps.

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 6:19 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2019 8:43 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Feather River Park and Rec District in Oroville, with the help of volunteers, tackled a big job - cleaning up a massive mess left behind in homeless camps. 

"We ought to be able to go down here and look at the birds and the fish and the beautiful trees that God has created not have to come down and look at this-this is disgusting," said Thomas Mavery, a volunteer.

Thomas Mavery has lived in Oroville for 60 years.

"I was a kid we didn't have any of this people took care of the parks took care of the rivers people took their trash home with them and then we ended up with this homeless problem," Mavery said.

And it's not only an eyesore, but it's also hazardous.

"I can't walk down here with my wife I'm scared to death she's gonna step on a needle or one of my grandkids are going to pick up something that's gonna hurt them," Mavery said.

Mavery said the debris is hurting the fish and wildlife.

"I found a duck down here and found one up at the lake that had a fishing line all wrapped around it, it couldn't even fly and if people don't find them they're gonna die," he said.

General manager for the Feather River Park and Recreation District, Randy Murphy, organized the cleanup. He has reached out to the county and the city administrator for a permanent solution.

"We coordinate with code enforcement with the city and provide notice to the folks that we're gonna come through and clean up so they typically move along and then we come in and clean up behind them," Murphy said.

But Murphy said it needs to be a community effort.

"If you see some trash on the ground pick it up you don't have to come down and be apart of the big clean up although that's helpful you know to do your part cause this all ends up in the river that ultimately ends up in the ocean," Murphy said.

"I've seen a commercial years ago of an Indian standing by the water and all the garbage floating up by its feet and tears running down his face that was me here yesterday this is supposed to be a beautiful place to come to this isn't beautiful this is sad its all I can say," Mavery said.

To get involved with a group cleanup visit the Feather River Parks and Recreation District Facebook page or their website.

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