Roadway and Lake Litter 24 Feb 12

Weekly activity reports from conservation officers with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are littered with evidence of various types of refuse being discarded along Minnesota roads and waterways.

“We’re seeing everything from wooden fish house blocking materials on lakes to old appliances in roadway ditches. All of these materials constitute litter,” said Col. Jim Konrad, DNR Enforcement director. Litter is a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000.

Konrad said the DNR wants everyone to keep roadways and waterways clean by properly disposing of used materials with their local refuse haulers or at their local landfill. He noted that litter tarnishes nature’s beauty, destroys wildlife habitats and ruins many opportunities for recreation.

Minnesota’s fish house removal deadlines are March 5 in the southern part of the state and March 19 in the north, and spring cleaning is soon to get underway around many households. That’s why conservation officers make a concerted effort this time of the year to monitor and identify possible problem areas.