Okanagan non-profit finds another illegal dumpsite on backcountry road

Okanagan non-profit finds another illegal dumpsite on backcountry road
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An Okanagan non-profit organization says it has found a massive illegal dumping site that appears to be decades old.

“(We) came across an enormous dump site that dates back to the 40s,” said Kane Blake, Okanagan Forest Task Force’s founder.

“(It’s) been buried, re-dumped and is layered as far down as I can see.” 

Blake said the area that the garbage is sitting on is a watershed for the surrounding community.

“(The garbage) needs to come (out). This is a protected watershed, this is people’s drinking water, wildlife drinking water, as well as the cattle up here.”

The Okanagan Forest Task Force says the dumping site is filled with hazardous material but it can’t begin cleanups without government approval.

“It could cause a potential mudslide later on. We need the proper approvals.”

The dumping site on Beaver Lake Road in Lake Country is littered with old bottles, construction materials, mechanical parts, oil cans and other metals and materials.

The Okanagan Forest Task Force said it found the dumping site during a cleanup last weekend.

The massive cleanup on July 25 saw the non-profit group, with the help of some local businesses and volunteers, haul over 20,000 pounds of material out of the Okanagan backcountry.
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