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No booze at the Dunes?

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.


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