Joanne Brown: Trash at Hirschman’s Pond |

Joanne Brown: Trash at Hirschman’s Pond

I am a member of the Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association in Nevada City.

Hirschman Pond, which abuts our neighborhood, draws many visitors to the area. Some walk the meandering trail between Hirschman’s parking lot at the base of Cement Hill and the residential area called Indian Trails. Rather than retracing their steps, they often follow Indian Flat Road to complete the loop. Others choose to park on Indian Flat Road at the turnout above the pond so they can admire the reflective waters from that vantage point.

We are happy to share the natural beauty found in our backyards with these visitors. However, the trash they leave in their wake is not an enhancement. As the self-appointed local litter lady, I pick up a shopping bag full of cups, fast food wrappers, beverage containers, dirty diapers and assorted other delicacies on a weekly basis. This is annoying, but what irks me even more is finding some thoughtless *%#@! has emptied his/her car ashtray beside the road. Really?

In this time of extreme drought and eco-mindedness, how can people not realize the impact of leaving their butts behind?

Joanne Brown

Nevada City

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