Pumpkins just part of growing
problem of rural illegal dumping
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 3:56 AM
Jeff Fowler had another load deposited on his land northeast of Spring Valley sometime in November. This time it was brightly painted pumpkins along with the plastic covering that people used to keep their car clean while transporting the pumpkins.
These pumpkins along with the large plastic covering were dumped on property owned by Jeff Fowler northeast of Spring Valley.
The only problem is that Fowler didn't ask for the debris or even know it was coming. He was surprised to find it in a low spot in the trees recently.
"If they would have asked me, I wouldn't have cared, and probably would have said yes, but this isn't right," said Fowler.
The pumpkins aren't the only things he has found dumped on his property. He's found television sets, appliances and even water heaters.
"Every year, someone throws something out here," he said.
Fowler isn't the only rural resident expressing frustration with these acts. Earlier this fall, Lisa Viker of the Chatfield area found a couch and two chairs illegally dumped in the ditch a short distance from her home, near the land adjoining Lost Creek Hiking Trail.
The Vikers frequently find furniture, tires, appliances, construction waste and other trash in a ravine along Magnum Road outside of Chatfield.
Fowler asks that anyone with knowledge of this incident to contact him. People may also contact DNR conservation officer Mitch Boyum at (507) 932-4947 or local law enforcement to report illegal rural dumping.