The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has announced grants awarded to help agricultural property owners clean up illegally dumped waste on their land and return it to productive use.
The City of Visalia was awarded $17,309 through CalRecycle's Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program. Funding is intended to pay for the removal and disposal of small illegal dump sites and for site security measures to prevent new dumping after the cleanups are complete.
“The Farm and Ranch Cleanup grants help property owners put their land back to beneficial use and protect surrounding areas from environmental degradation,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “Illegal dumping encourages more dumping, and it’s a burden for landowners to put a stop to it once it’s started.”
Last spring, the City of Visalia cleaned up 160 tons of solid waste from five large homeless encampments along the St. John’s River. The river separates active farmland from public open space.
The accumulated waste had the potential to disrupt the flow of the river and flood a subdivision on the other side of the river, and to cause environmental damage to the farmland.The grant funding will be used to reimburse the city for its cleanup expenses.
For more information see CalRecycle’s Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement webpage. For more information on the City of Visalia Natural Resource Conservation, visit www.gogreenvisalia.com.