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PUBLIC LANDS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning college students that officers will be patrolling popular sand-dune party spots along the Snake River.
Some public land areas are notorious for big parties, especially after the Aug. 25-26, 2012, blowout at Illia Dunes that attracted about 3,000 partiers and left behind thousands of pounds of trash, broken glass, foam coolers and other liter along the beach as well as about three miles of road ditch. The area had to be closed to the public for cleanup.
Illia Dunes, on the Snake River about three miles downstream of Lower Granite Lock and Dam, is a popular end-of-summer gathering place for students — but it will be patrolled.
PUBLIC LANDS — Two Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers followed a tip to find a large college party underway recently on state wildlife lands along the Grand Ronde River at the bottom of Shumaker Grade.
In the past, these gatherings have resulted in large amounts of litter, destruction of habitat, illegal burning, etc.,” reported Capt. Dan Rahn. The photo one of the officers snapped (above) indicates the 160 students already were getting a good start on trashing Snyder Bar.
The area is a popular staging and camping area for anglers launching or taking out boats for floating the Grande Ronde.
The party was an annual event organized by a University of Idaho fraternity, according to the officers' report.
“After locating the frat president, the officers issued numerous citations for No Vehicle Access Permits and MIC,” Rahn said. “They were warned for not having required group permits and advised these gatherings would not be allowed in the future. They agreed to have all of the litter cleaned up by morning or they would be subject to litter citations and they agreed to not return in the future. There were a total of 13 kegs of beer on site and the purchasers were identified. Possible charges of Furnishing to Minor will be forwarded to the Prosecutor.”
PUBLIC LANDS — The Illia Dunes recreation area was reopened today as student volunteers from Washington State University helped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clean up trash left by more than 3,000 partiers at the popular Snake River site last weekend.
The sandy beach downstream from Lower Granite Dam is one of the more popular Corps of Engineers Snake River recreation areas and a college party hot spot.
The area was closed on Aug. 27 because of glass and trash that raised health and safety concerns, said Bruce Henrickson, spokesman for the corps Walla Walla District.
PUBLIC LANDS — Cleanup continues at the Illia Dunes area along the Snake River downstream from Lower Granite Dam after last weekend's college-crowd of about 3,000 left the popular recreation site marred by trash.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the Snake River shoreline in that stretch, closed the area until it can finish the cleanup, including getting glass out of the water area and testing water quality.
Signs warn that glass is prohibited but that rule, among others, was not observed last weekend.
Corps spokesman Bruce Henrickson said volunteers have offered to help clean up the mess, but for safety reasons the Corps is using only volunteers it has organized.
No decision has been made as of 1:30 p.m. Friday on whether the area will be open for the Labor Day Weekend.
Corps officials said they will be reviewing whether they should adopt a policy of prohibiting alcohol use at the site.
Read on for more details from Henrickson.