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Riverfront Abandoned Property Problems

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There are abandoned companies along the river that need to be cleaned up…like 330 and 386 Prep Phillips Drive.

These properties are owned by the city of Augusta and have turned into dump sites for people getting rid of trash.

Mike Stacy, Operator at Riverfront Marina says, "We have noticed a couple trucks headed down here over the years. We could tell the back of their pickups were full of trash, maybe some old tires."

Mike Stacy has been patrolling the Riverfront for thirteen years and he says there's only so much he can do.

"We can't be here 24 hours a day and a lot of the stuff is being dumped here at night and I'm not sure if there's any cure except for if everybody around got some responsibility to them and quit doing it," said Stacy.

Some people are taking the easy way out and dumping tires because of new law that requires proper disposal of used tires.

"I think Mother Nature's bringing this place back. It just needs to be cleaned up. Keep some of the people from dumping their household trash here as well," said Stacy.

But Mike Stacy says that with all the old car parts in the soil maybe this abandoned property is better left alone so that the problem doesn't get worse.

"If somebody was to come in here and start bulldozing and digging up dirt you're gonna be exposing some real nasty stuff that's been down there for probably a hundred years. Then if it rains while you're working on it then you're really going to see contamination in the river," said Stacy.

We went to the County Commissioners office today and are waiting to hear back about what the city plans to do about these abandoned properties.

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