Before. Photo: EPD.

From the Eureka Police Department:

On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, the Eureka Police Department’s Community Safety Enhancement Team (CSET), working in partnership with Community Services staff and Uplift Eureka volunteers, conducted another clean-up of several abandoned encampments within Cooper Gulch.

During this collaborative operation, workers removed approximately 1,580 pounds of trash. The behavior associated with these illegal encampments is not only hazardous to the environment, including a nearby creek, but their presence also impedes the ability of all community members to safely enjoy the City’s parks and open spaces.

Along with these continued clean-up efforts, EPD and our community partners will continue striving to develop and implement strategies, through a thoughtful balance of accountability and outreach, which ultimately improve upon or eliminate these issues.