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Decker: Garbage along Lake Dillon a dam shame

I spent about an hour today walking the lakeshore off the Dillon Dam Road with my dog. He and I often stop here when we don’t have time for a longer hike, usually before I head to work for the day. Every time we’ve come to the lake at this spot, I’ve carried a trash bag with me because of the disgustingly, obscenely large amount of trash and filth in such a pretty place.

It starts with the broken glass, which is everywhere (big shards, little shards, half bottles, random fragments of smashed Christmas ornaments for some reason.) The glass debris field starts at the main parking area near the Frisco end of the road and is strewn all the way down to the lake.

At the lake is more trash of all description. And even more trash in the lake itself, some of which may have been washed there by the recent rains but certainly not all of it.

Today we found a large amount of the small round, red pellets of fish bait constructed of oil-based resins and polyvinyl chloride (PVC.) Wildlife officials in other areas have noted fish and birds dead with bellies crammed full of the stuff because it is neither digestible nor biodegradeable.

In addition, the entire shore and as far as you can see into the rocks in the water is a continuous snarl of old tangled, discarded fishing line. This is not a new thing, I have been picking up the old fishing line there for years. Discarded fishing line poses a serious threat to birds, particularly shorebirds and raptors through tangle injuries which can lead to starvation or drowning.

Shame on the “sportsmen” and other citizens who are trashing our shared community resource. Seriously pick up after yourselves, or go away.

Melissa Decker

Dillon


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The Summit Daily Updated Aug 5, 2014 12:32PM Published Aug 5, 2014 03:22PM Copyright 2014 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.