Beach trash makes reader wonder if fees on the horizon

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2006

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I went for a walk on the beach off of Cannery Road. As we walked toward the mouth of the river, we started to notice an unusual amount of trash, but as we got to where the dipnetters had been, we could not believe our eyes.

We saw everything from cans and bottles, to clothes, rubber gloves, broken pieces of metal and plastic bags that were tied shut, who knows what was inside. Having been at the beach to watch the dipnetting, I know that there were places to put the trash, but it seems that it was easier to throw the trash on the beach.

As we all know, dipnetting is for Alaskans only, so we can’t blame this on the tourists. What does this say about Alaskans? I know that most people don’t do this, but the few that do make everybody look bad.

The signs at most hiking trails say, “pack out what you pack in.” Why can’t it be the same at the beach? I know the city charges for parking and camping, but if people use the beach for a dump, could a trash fee be next?

Please, when you use the beach, think of the next person, take your trash with you.

John Motter


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