Letter to the editor

On a recent walk above Enid Lake we were disheartened to come across a large pile of dumped garbage. This area is already hard hit by off-road vehicle use, and the areas that are still available for a “nature” walk are diminishing yearly. 

What completely boggled my mind is the effort it took to bring the garbage to this spot when we have a local dump that is free for residents. Crown land is public land and is shared by all. Would you dump your garbage in your neighbour’s lawn?

The law states that: all Crown land dumping infractions are punishable through the BC Litter Act. This legislation states that any individual committing an offence of this sort can be fined up to $2,000 or six months imprisonment, depending on the severity of the infringement.

Unfortunately there is no enforcement in our area and so we rely on the community to behave in an appropriate way. There was a small painting in the load of garbage so I have included the photo in case anyone recognizes it and can identify the person who ultimately has no concern for our shared spaces.

If anyone has any information on who did this please call the BC Ministry of Environment’s Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).                        

Karen Barkley, Wilmer