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Pineview Reservoir beaches cluttered with litter; locals frustrated

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Posted at 9:19 PM, Jun 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-29 23:19:03-04

WEBER COUNTY, Utah -- Residents of Weber County are hot, but it has nothing to do with the temperature. They are hot with anger over visitors leaving behind trash at the Pineview Reservoir Beaches.

According to the Forest Service, this is the worst summer they can remember when it comes to trash on the beach.

On Monday evening more than 100 members of the community participated in a cleanup event.

"So it's kind of frustrating seeing the trash left behind because we really do make a conscious effort to pick up after ourselves -- what you pack in make sure you pack out," said Kamille Marshall.

Residents, armed with trash bags and gloves, say even though this predicament is not their fault, it's still their community, and they have a responsibility.

"That's pretty much how I feel, it's kind of a shame that people come out to enjoy our beaches and our beautiful community and then they just leave it a mess," said Kelly Wynn.

FOX 13 News spoke to one local man whose business is based off the reservoir and a beach full of empty beer cans is bad for business.

"Anytime we are doing climbing expeditions, or skiing, or paddle boarding for instance I mean each one of those individual sports you need to clean up and keep your trails clean just for the next person that's going to enjoy it just as much as you have," said River Hyde, of Detours.

It doesn't matter what the age, this is an issue that affects everyone.

"Because if we don't take care of our resources they aren't going to be around for our children to enjoy," said Marshall, whose 5-year-old daughter Berklie hates it when trash washes up against her feet.

"I just want to help clean up, I'm really very angry," Berklie said.

Both the Forest Service and Weber County Sheriff's Office said it's tough to enforce the laws when it comes to littering because you have to catch the person in the act. When you have hundreds of people on the beach at one time that is difficult to do.