Talking Trash Part II: Local crews clean up garbage on Mckinley Avenue


Today the Fresno Irrigation District cleaned up multiple trash piles along the Fresno canal. 

“It’s sitting in a spot in an urban area that is adjacent to the railroad and there might be an old abandon road that we saw on some county maps and also next to the canal,” said Claes. 

Adam Claes is the Assistant General Manager for Fresno Irrigation District. He said at first they didn’t know who was responsible to clean up the mess. So, after a week of being notified about the trash piles, they decided to clean it up.

The canal along McKinley is supposed to get cleaned frequently by the Fresno Irrigation District. However, since they oversee hundreds of miles sometimes areas get neglected. 

“Fresno Irrigation District has about 7 hundred miles of canals and pipelines and we have a trash crew whose responsibility is to clean and make sure those areas are clean and operable,” said Claes. 

Although trash piles along Mckinley were picked up today other parts further down the canal still have garbage piles. 
Trinity Development Center is one of the businesses that complained about the constant trash. 

Madeline Salinas with Trinity Development Center said she wishes the people responsible to clean up the mess outside their business would do so more often. 

“It just makes the area look impoverish and our business here is very important and very special and it helps the community,” said Salinas. “So, I wish people didn’t look down on this area.”

Mark Standriff is the Director of Communication and Public Affairs for the city of Fresno. He said sometimes it’s hard to tell what agency is in charge of cleaning up messes. So, the easiest thing to do is to report it using the FresGo app or call 311. 

We can help kind of triage who is responsible for the cleanup and that’s the best way to go about it,” said Standriff. 

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