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Stop Dumping Green Waste In Our Valley

Who is dumping? Why has it continued for so long? Why is it allowed to go on and pollute our valley? And how can we stop it?

For the past year we have been dealing with someone dumping green waste in Reed Valley near Aguanga. We have been told it's legal, however it has gone on way too long and it poses several risks.

First of all, the waste is being transported in large trucks up Reed Valley Road, which is a narrow, windey road. The trucks take up most of the road and you can't see them coming around the curves. We are concerned someone is going to get into an accident and get hurt or killed by these trucks.

Secondly, these noisy trucks begin coming up the road very early in the morning -- around 3 a.m. -- waking the local residents. So much for quiet, country living!

Thirdly and very importantly, the waste smells awful and the smell lasts for days. It smells like a junkyard! It can't be healthy for us to breathe. 

So the questions are: Who is dumping? Why has it continued for so long? Why is it allowed to go on and pollute our valley? And how can we stop it?

We are appealing to our local leaders to help us get this stopped. We bought our property in Reed Valley for the beauty, quiet and fresh air. Why are a few allowed to negatively impact the entire valley to satisfy their needs? Not only is it unsafe and unhealthy, the practice will negatively affect our property values as well. It is completely unfair, unsafe and has continued for too long. It needs to stop soon.

Please write to the county to help us stop the green waste dumping in Reed Valley. 

Aguanga is in Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone's district. He can be reached by clicking here.

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chip ondish July 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I agree with Cynthia 100%... I've been told this waste is coming out of Fontana. I've had to follow behind these trucks on Sage Rd. to Wilson Valley Rd. to Reed Valley Rd. and the smell is putrid! Keeping those tractor trailer rigs in their own lane is impossiable on these two lane roads. Last year they were dumping behind Cottonwood School and the fly infestation was epic.. I have to wonder what this is going to do to our ground water supply when it leeches in... I've heard rumors that human feeces from a sewage treatment plant is mixed in with this waste.. Can anyone confirm or deny this rumor?
Cynthia Champness Cuellar July 31, 2012 at 02:30 PM
We appeal to our city and county leaders for help. Mr. Jeff Stone, can you help us get the dumping to stop???
Annika Knoppel July 31, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I would suggest asking for help from the Aguanga Community Council which meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7pm at the Cottonwood Park/church building. They are our liaison between the community and the county. It would help if you have kept a diary of truck deliveries that are during coming up at non-business hours, or video clips or photos. You'll need to back up your complaint with facts. Are other neighbors complaining? I too live in Reed Valley south east of the property in question, and haven't noticed any offensive odors, Unfortunately, green waste is a decaying, composting material, and flies and smells are part of the process. With temperatures in the high 90's is to be expected that the spoilage is accelerated. There might a spike of nitrates in the ground water upon application, but green waste is better for the soil than chemical fertilizers. It's actually an organic approach to farming. Have you contacted the owner of the property where it is being dumped? What is the plan for the land? Its often better to be good neighbors and bring the problem to the source and work towards a solution, then to complain outside of the loop.
Cynthia Champness Cuellar July 31, 2012 at 09:09 PM
That is a good idea. Annika, I'm surprised you haven't smelled the smell. it is so strong coming our way and penetrates the air completely. I don't feel like we are going around the loop. This has been going on for more than a year and we have been very patient. Yes other residents are upset but not sure where to turn as the first man indicated. We're all for natural alternatives but not when it destroys the environment we live in. The other very real problem are the trucks that run every day all day long posing a hazard to drivers and causing loud noises in the early morning hours. Thanks for your comments.
Annika Knoppel August 09, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Do you think this is where the compost is coming from? Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority 12645 Sixth Street Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739 909-993-1500 If not them, then maybe they know who the provider is.
Marie Getz August 09, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Marie Get August 9 the worst day by far. We live 1/2 mile from the Pike property and this year of dumping has ruined the air in the valley. I used to do a daily walk but this green waste makes breathing difficult and burns my sinuses. I started going in the other direction but they are dumping at, what used to be, the Imler property, which is located right on the water course.. Shouldn't the Valley residents have been notified of this green waste dumping? The Getz' would never have approved and we want it to STOP.
Mr. Temecula August 09, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Who cares! Aguanga is the armpit of east county. The rest of the civilized world needs a place for their green waste to be cared for and Aguanga should be happy that has the ability to do so.
Cynthia Champness Cuellar August 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Mr. Temecula, you should be ashamed of yourself!
John Doe August 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Oh Really? So we need to accept your waste that keeps your area nice? I think NOT.
Cynthia Champness Cuellar August 10, 2012 at 03:34 PM
All of us residents should contact the city of Aguanga to register our complaints. Maybe then something will be done. How about it?
Cynthia Champness Cuellar August 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Have you contacted anyone to ask about the dumping? Do you know the Neighbors on Reed Valley? Maybe we can sign a petition and take it to the city. We would sign it. I have already appealed to Jeff Stone.
Winchester Collection August 18, 2012 at 05:20 PM
What does a junk yard smell like? I doubt that organic waste smells like gasoline, oil and tires.
Winchester Collection August 18, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Dump green waste where it is generated!!!!
Cynthia Champness Cuellar August 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Smells awful-like dead animals. Why not come up here any day they dump and you can smell it for yourself. It's too gross to describe!

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