Aug 3, 2015 4:57 PM

NH1 News Investigates Dumping Ground: Dunbarton conservation area getting trashed

DUNBARTON - A conservation area has become an illegal dumping ground of late.

And it's much more than just cans and broken glass.

It's happening in Dunbarton at Kimball Pond conservation area.

It’s nearly 1,000 acres that’s simply beautiful.

But recently, volunteers who pick-up trash there found a mattress, furniture, and a truckload full of shingles.

It’s a slice of nature turned into what some might call the town dump.

It's a great place to go boating, fishing, walk the dogs and hike but not to dump trash.

“We have a responsibility to manage and protect this area and it's really disappointing,” said Brett St. Clair, one of the nearly two dozen volunteers who clean up the area on a regular basis.

We went along with him on his next trip there.

This, just weeks after their last cleanup.

"We had a group of 20 volunteers down here a couple of weeks ago,” said St. Clair.

And this time, we found even more trash.

“Oh look,” he said. “It's hair product shot with a BB gun. How nice.”

The problem?

Nothing new.

But St. Clair said, it's gotten worse over the years.

“It makes you scratch your head sometimes and wonder sort-of what people are thinking of or what they could be like to do something like that,” he said.

Peyton Moody and her mom come here once a week.

Most of the time, it’s to give their dog, Wilson, a nice long walk.

“There was a television set dumped over the railing there and there were ducks swimming around,” said Peyton’s mother.

“It definitely disappoints me because it is a conservatory and the land shouldn't be used for that,” said Peyton.

The town has other conservation spots but no one's dumping there.

But why?

St. Clair believes because the Kimball Pond conservation area is a remote location.

Not to mention, a road leads right through it.

In the meantime, officials have put up a gate and signs while Dunbarton police have beefed up patrols to make their presence known.

As for St. Clair and everyone else who enjoys the beauty the area has to offer, he said, “It's a really nice spot and we're hoping we can keep it that way.”

If the person or persons responsible for this illegal dumping is caught, they’ll face misdemeanor charges.

Then, they’ll have to pay for the trash to be taken away and properly disposed of

St. Clair said they won't give up until that happens.


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