Days after cleanup, trash dumped along Clackamas River

Days after cleanup, trash dumped along Clackamas River »Play Video
Sam Drevo, left, with We Love Clean Rivers, works to clean up the mess along the Clackamas River. Someone used the area as their own personal garbage dump.

CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Hundreds of volunteers scoured the Clackamas River collecting tons of trash last week but just days later someone used the river as their personal garbage dump.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office worked to clean up the new dump site but they can't get to it all.

The dump site is just upstream from Riverside County Park. Whoever dumped the trash threw it off a nearly vertical cliff from the road above. They parked in a narrow turnout on Clackamas River Drive and heaved it over the edge.

The sheriff's office had to use its boat to get to the tricky spot.

They found all sorts of trash: paint, diapers, a fishing tackle box and just tons of junk. Deputies found some clues about the culprit in the trash.

"We have an address of where we think this came from, but we don't know if this is the person who cleaned it up, the person who was living there, someone contracted to do it, if it was a pass-off of cleaning service, that's what the investigation is going to reveal," said Sgt. Adam Phillips, spokesman for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

It is the same stretch of river that more than 400 volunteers with We Love Clean Rivers scoured just last week. Unfortunately, a lot of this new round of garbage will have to stay put. It's caught up on the side of the sheer cliff where it's too dangerous to get to.

There was another cleanup Wednesday on the Willamette River as well. Crews with the city of Milwaukie pulled about 20 Oregonian newspaper boxes out of the river after someone dumped them there.

There is a positive to all this. We Love Clean Rivers sponsors an art show - art that it is made out of things they pull from the Clackamas River. That art is on display this weekend in Oregon City on Main Street from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Friday and ending Sunday.