Keep waterways clean during summer recreation

August 17, 2010

By Staff

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert has encouraged residents to clean up after themselves on area waterways.

State law bans disposing of trash in waterways. Offenders can be charged with a misdemeanor.

The infraction carries a fine up to $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail. King County Sheriff’s Office patrols intend to watch for careless swimmers, rafters and boaters this summer.

Lambert represents Issaquah and northeastern King County. In recent days, she has heard from citizens complaining about garbage left on their property.

“Summer vacation is a good time to remind everyone to dispose of your garbage properly, especially in a water environment,” she said in a news release. “In addition to polluting waterfront properties and contaminating salmon habitat, throwing garbage in a state waterway such as a lake or river is unlawful.”

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