Watchfulness needed to stop illegal dumping
A group of Kansas River enthusiasts gathered in the West Bottoms Saturday to celebrate the completion of the new De Soto boat ramp. Sometime later in the weekend, some self-centered opportunist dumped a truckload of construction waste in the old sand plant that leads to the new ramp.
It is the second time in recent months uncaring individuals have taken advantage of the city's efforts to provide something special to residents. The city's spotting a recycling bin in the West Bottoms was treated with the same misuse.
The boat ramp was built to provide all with access to the river. Continued disrespect for the property could force the city to limit that access and could very well make city leaders take a hard look at a future park planned for the isolated area.
To protect that access, it is going to be up to residents to be watchful and let opportunistic dumpers, who see all isolated rural areas as dumping fields, know that such behavior won't be tolerated.