Resident Draws Attention to Trash Buildup in Oso Creek

A family who lives less than a mile from part of Oso Creek under a new section of Ennis Joslin have voiced concern over trash collecting in the area.

Don Hand and his wife have been visiting the area for several years. They said they have seen a bobcat lunge from the cattails to catch a duck, and other wildlife along the creek; but now, they are worried because of the amount of trash they have seen collecting along its banks.

"We've noticed in the last year or so, we're accumulating more trash," Hand said. "Especially styrofoam cups and plastic bags, etc. And it goes out into the Oso."

While Hand noticed that the trash has been building, he fears nothing can be done about it. However, the City said they need citizens like Hand to point out problems.

"If the citizen observes excessive trash in any of our drainage infrastructure, please call the City's call center, which is 826-CITY, which is 2489. Let us know," said Danielle Converse of the City's Storm Water Department. "The citizens will be our eyes out in the community. They can call it in and we can go address it in a timely manner."

While trash is a common problem, City officials said they want to see it cleaned up.

Hand said that he saw a natural gas cylinder floating down the creek this past weekend, but worries that it may already be in the bay.


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