Litter a serious problem at Denison Dam

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

DENISON, Tex. -- The Army Corps of Engineers is asking people to clean up their act when they visit the Denison Dam. While there are at least fifteen trash cans around the dam, the Corps says many visitors just don't use them. An email from a viewer asked us to check out the Red River at the Denison Dam, so we did, and what we found when we got out there may come as a shock.

“It disgusts me. For older fishermen, it disgusts all of us. We can only do so much."

Leonard Nuttall says every time he comes out to fish, he spends a lot of time picking up trash from bottles to cans to fishing line.

“You pick up what you can, carry it to the vehicle, and throw it way."

The Army Corps of Engineers says they have hired contractor Walter Griffin to patrol the area and keep it clean, but it's a big job for one person, and Griffin says he can only work when there are funds to pay him.

Griffin is currently only working for a two-month stretch, and so many people visit the dam that it is hard to keep up.

“It’s just one thing after another."

Griffin says he's amazed by some of the garbage he finds.

“It’s nonsense, a lot of it. You pick up everything. I picked up probably 500 dirty diapers in last two months. Instead of taking to trash can, they throw it on the ground."

The Army Corps of Engineers says one thing people can do to keep the area clean is put their trash in the trash can, and keep a lid on it.

“What gets me is look on the Oklahoma side, how clean it is. If you look at this side, there’s trash everywhere. This is Texas. We should be proud of Texas. Don’t mess with Texas. What’s going on?”

“If you take back home what you bring down here, it would help tremendously."

The Corps of Engineers encourages people to come out and help clean up the area around the dam. Walter Griffin says he could use all the help he can get.

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  • by TX Location: Texoma on Dec 18, 2007 at 01:05 PM
    Hopefully the "my daddy bought me a big boat so I can go to the islands and show my a**" will pick up their crap too. edited by Staff
  • by amy on Dec 18, 2007 at 01:02 PM
    Why don't they try adding an extra tax onto fast food, bottled drinks, and beer... that'll provide the funds to pay someone to clean it up, if people aren't going to be responsible for themselves. Litter actually seems to be a big problem across the entire county... everywhere I drive around Grayson County, you see loads of trash (mostly fast food wrappers, grocery bags, empty beer cases and soda/water bottles) littered all along the roadside. It's embarrassing and disgusting.
  • by Go Ralph Go!! Location: Texoma on Dec 18, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    Ditto on Ralph's comments!
  • by SPONGEBOB Location: TOM BEAN on Dec 18, 2007 at 07:40 AM
    Yep, but when you pull in the parking lot on the Texas side about 75% of the cars have Oklahoma license plates. DUH HUH!!!
  • by kw Location: okla on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:53 PM
    yup you texans should pick up yore trash like us okies do lol
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Dec 17, 2007 at 09:52 PM
    Sadly, our society is infested with pigs. The evidence is everywhere. Look along the streets of Denison, and you'll find a load of crap. It's not only in Denison though, but along just about every city street, parking lot, and park in Texas, and yes, elsewhere. It is a problem of values and responsibility, neither of which have been instilled in the pigs who continue to crap in their own backyard. This is learned behavior...learned from parents and peers alike, and the offenders haven't a clue that what they are doing is unacceptable, anti-social behavior. To them, it is as natural as breathing. Schools do little to discourage it, and in fact, in many schools littering (inside and out) is commonplace and seldom punished. Offenders should be fined, and required to walk the streets dressed as the pigs, and pick up the crap their fellow pigs have left behind. Their pictures should be published in newspapers, and placed on billboards. However, we lack the political will to address it.
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