Illegal Dumping on Goni Road

John A. Duerk, Ph.D., ___ West _____ Street, Carson City, NV 89703

July 23, 2020

Supervisor Brad Bonkowski, City Hall, 201 North Carson Street, Suite 2, Carson City, NV 89701

RE: Illegal Dumping on Goni Road

Dear Supervisor Bonkowski:

My name is Dr. John A. Duerk and I live at ___ West _____ Street. The reason for my letter is that I’m deeply concerned about the illegal dumping that has occurred on Goni Road as you drive up to the Carson Valley viewing point. Over the past year, I have seen an increasing amount of refuse on the east side of the road going down into the ravine. If you drive up there, you will see furniture, tires, empty alcohol bottles, empty shotgun shells, and even yard waste such as trimmed branches. Attached to this message are a couple of pictures that I took earlier this evening. More can be provided upon request.

As someone who is solution-oriented, I believe that action must be taken to address this problem because it has only gotten worse.  According to NRS 444.630, discarding waste in such a manner is unlawful.  Unfortunately, people get the wrong idea that it’s permissible when more materials accumulate over time.  Slowly, that ravine will become a makeshift landfill.  We simply cannot let this continue because it’s a danger to people and harmful to the land and wildlife.  In my view, we need to clear the area.  I’m willing to help with the process if the city can provide a truck.  Perhaps we can organize a desert clean-up, much like what is done with beaches in different parts of the country.  Then, the city needs to install signage that warns people they will be reported and prosecuted if caught.  Lastly, perhaps we can do some form of outreach to inform the public of where such refuse needs to be taken.  I’m totally open to ideas if you have any to share.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

John A. Duerk, Ph.D.

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