This week, the SCPD Parks Unit partnered with Santa Cruz Park Rangers, Roaring Camp Railroad, and Labor Ready workers to remove over five tons of trash and debris from Pogonip. Roaring Camp provided the six railroad cars necessary to haul the trash away.
SCPD Park Unit Officers and SC Park Rangers agreed the cleanup was needed because of the potential threat of biohazards in the area and other types of hazardous waste. Pogonip Park is an ongoing public safety concern. This area is a hideout for crimes that include illegal camping, drug use, theft, and dumping.
Santa Cruz Park Rangers and the SCPD will continue to identify and safely restore areas used for illegal camping and filled with environmental toxins. The health hazards expand into our wildlife habitats and water supply. Human waste and garbage is a significant source of pollution to the environment.