The Temescal Valley community in conjunction with several county departments plan to hold the fifth annual “Great American Cleanup” on Saturday, June 23 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Lake Matthews Drive and Gavilan Springs Ranch Road in Perris.
The event is aimed at addressing illegal shooting ranges that have cropped up in the area. According to a report, gunmen have built recreational shooting ranges that pollute the land with rubble, discarded waste, artificial targets and shotgun shells.
In addition to shooting activity putting nearby residents in danger, there is also the fear that sparks from bullets hitting targets can cause a wildfire in seconds in the dry surrounding vegetation.
“This year, California has experienced a below-average rainfall and just one spark from a bullet can cause a brush fire capable of reaching nearby homes,” community relations specialist for the Waste Management-El Sobrante Landfill, Miriam Cardenas explained.
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Volunteers and participants hope to put an end to the shooting activity by cleaning up and beautifying the open space.
The “Great American Cleanup”, founded by the “Keep America Beautiful” organization, is the country’s largest community improvement initiative that brings together millions of volunteers nationwide to beautify and improve more than 17,000 communities.
County of Riverside Departments of Code Enforcement and Waste Management, U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management and Riverside County District Supervisor Bob Buster will also be participating in the cleanup efforts.
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