Apr 6, 2013 6:59 PM by Jessica Holley - firstname.lastname@example.org
NUECES COUNTY - People living in Calallen spent their morning cleaning up a big mess out on County Road 73. The area's turned into a big dumping site and its such a problem, the District Attorney's Office says they plan to crack down on people who leave their trash thee.
It's a remote and often forgotten part of Nueces County, and that's why County Road 73 has turned in to an illegal dumping ground.
"People who illegally dump are looking for a place that they can go and dump without being seen," says clean up coordinator, Tim McWha.
This is the third clean up. The last two were sponsored by the City of Corpus Christi and Nueces County this time it's fed up residents who helped to clean up the mess.
"We feel that's the key to maintaining it, not just coming in and cleaning up a mess and coming back a year later and doing it again, but to get all the folks that live down here involved and get them to come and help out," says McWha.
To give you an idea of just how much stuff gets dumped out there, by lunch time a 57 foot trailer was filled to the top with just tires. This constant clean up is not only costly but important to our health.
"The river is our primary, one of our primary focuses. It is the drinking water source for half a million people in this area and we want to keep it clean," says Rocky Freund, Nueces River Authority.
"And we are going to start pressing criminal charges against people who are caught down here dumping and keeping things on their property that they're supposed to. And when they up grade to a criminal offense they can serve jail time," says Mike Pusley, County Commissioner for precinct 1.
So if you've gotten away with dumping out here in the past, that soon will come to an end because patrolling of the area has been stepped up by law enforcement.
Next weekend they will continue their clean up picking up trash along the county road.In May, crews will clean out the Nueces River. They are still looking for volunteers for these clean ups.