Illegal dumping is a widespread problem in Ada County, and sheriffs investigators hope someone will help them catch one recent violator: whoever dumped an old boat and toxic trash in a gravel pit off Hill Road.
The old blue and white Martin boat was accompanied by other items including chemicals, paint and paint thinner. The dump site is near the intersection of Horseshoe Bend and Hill roads.
Anyone who recognizes the boat or has information about the dumping is asked to call Eagle Police at 938-2260.
The potential penalty for the misdemeanor crime of dumping on public property is up to $1,000 and six months in jail, and an Ada County Sheriffs Office Facebook post notes that is much less costly (not to mention less obnoxious) to take the trash to the Ada County Landfill on Seamans Gulch Road.
Households can get rid of hazardous materials such as old cans of paint and small amounts of chemicals at the Landfill for free. Businesses are allowed to get rid of up to 2600 pounds of hazardous material every year at the Landfill for a small fee.
Most household loads of trash (such as what would fit in the bed of a half-ton pickup) cost about $11 to dump at the landfill.