Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

County Officials Talk Trash.

Byline: Donna Redman For the Journal

Get-Tough Stance Taken on Dumping

Valencia County is being trashed.

Bosque fires that burned away trees and underbrush last spring revealed some of the evidence: old stoves and refrigerators, the metal springs and frames of old sofas and chairs, burned-out hulks of abandoned cars.

More can be found on the east mesa: old appliances, pieces of lumber and plasterboard dumped beside the road or in nearby arroyos.

Bits of paper and plastic bags blow across the desert, some clinging to shrubs and fences.

"People need to understand the impact illegal dumping has on the environment and on water quality and what it does to the way the county looks," said Valencia County planning and zoning administrator Mike McCartney. …

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