Project Detox was the name of an enforcement effort by COs in the Chilliwack area

Project Detox ticketed for damage to the environment

COs recently patrolled across the Chilliwack area and local rivers writing tickets for littering, drinking booze in public and more

Project Detox is the name of a recent enforcement campaign launched by the B.C. Conservation Officer Service to cut down on illegal littering and garbage-dumping around Chilliwack.

More than 75 violation tickets and warnings were written for offences ranging from fishing, littering, open fires during the campfire ban and boating safety in the heart of the Fraser Valley.

Conservation officers patrolled Chilliwack River, the Fraser River, on water and on land, including sections of the Vedder River, Sumas River, Skagit Valley and the Coquihalla over the last long weekend.

“Our focus was on the environmental damage caused by people that do not respect our environment,” said COS Sgt. Steve Jacobi.

Violations tickets were also handed out for drinking alcohol in public and driving offences.

The illegal dump sites were also linked to various criminal activities like marijuana grow-ops and meth labs, stolen vehicles, disposal of stolen items, hazardous dumping.

“Illegal dump sites contribute to public safety concerns as well as posing a negative environmental threat to the surrounding vegetation, habitat, wildlife and waters,” said Jacobi. “City of Chilliwack, FVRD, COS and concerned citizens have come together to deal with this issue.

“New signage in key areas, raising public awareness and a stepped up enforcement effort are all part of the group’s effort.”

Littering and garbage dumping should never be tolerated, he added. Call 1-877-952-7277 to report dumping and reports can be confidential.

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