U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Desert cleanup - Route 768
Route 768 in the BLM's California Desert District included a pit that was full of household trash, tin cans, automotive parts, and an old car that was cut into several pieces. A crew worked to remove the trash and car parts, which were loaded into trucks and taken to the landfill.
In 2012, the BLM’s California Desert District (CDD) received directed one-time funds for the Border Initiative in the 1640 Hazard Management and Resource Restoration (Hazmat) Fund. The funds have increased CDD’s capability to clean up illegal dump sites south of Interstate 10 to the Mexico Border.
To maximize the efficiency of the funds we joined forces with the USFS Force Account / Abandoned Mine Lands crew from Tahoe. The crew superintendent, Mary Rosellen, brings a self-sufficient workforce equipped with light and heavy duty equipment. Rosellen’s crew has tackled some of CDD’s worst dump sites. In 2012, approximately 50 tons of solid waste was removed from public lands in the South Coast and El Centro resource areas. We plan to continue the operation well into 2013 and beyond.
Some photos from the cleanup effort:
- Sterling White, BLM California Desert District Abandoned Mine Lands and Hazmat Program Lead (October 2012)