Lake Los Angeles – This pile was the beginning of the enormous stack of tires that overflowed when the 53’ trailer was stuffed to capacity at the tire round up in December 2019.
By noon the trailer was loaded and the doors closed. It required another 53’ trailer and another box truck to haul all of the tires out of Lake Los Angeles.
Illegal dumping affects the environment, public health and increases your taxes. Although the problem is caused by relatively few people, it affects everyone adversely100%. Immediate health risks posed by illegal dump sites include physical and chemical injury to people, especially children, coming into contact with dangerous debris, such as rusty nails, chemicals, medical waste or sharp metals.
Other adverse health risks come into play when tires, are illegally disposed of. The chemicals in the tires leach into the soil and area waterways. This is the same soil we use to grow crops and the same water we drink in the Antelope Valley. Disease-carrying rodents love to call these places home. Please believe this poses a major health hazard to anyone living nearby. It’s like condo living for these creatures.
Likewise, mosquitoes thrive inside the moist, warm conditions offered by dumped tires. In fact, an EPA report states mosquitoes “multiply 100 times faster than normal in the warm, stagnant water standing in scrap tire casings.” We have had rain and are expecting more which equates to more tires with standing stagnant water making homes for mosquito breeding.
Most mosquitoes can survive in temperatures between 50°F and 95°F. As the area where we live begins to reach these temperatures, mosquito eggs will begin to hatch. Be watchful as warmer weather approaches. Tires are just one motel for mosquitoes. Any vessel holding water is subject to breeding and hatching mosquitoes. Here is the Antelope Valley, it is mostly during the May desert warming when mosquitoes get active.
Illegally dumped material in waterways can block the natural flow of water and lead to flooding issues over time. Antelope Valley has many washes and some of them are filled with illegal dumping. A rain event could cause flooding … onto your property. Do you have flood insurance?
Illegal dumping cost taxpayers a significant amount of money each year. We are all taxpayers, remember.
If you see a tire, or of course piles of tires, please pick them up and bring them to a tire roundup that is held at the Road Yards in Lake Los Angeles, Quartz Hill and Littlerock.
MARK you calendar: The next tire roundup event is tentative for Saturday, April 25. Fliers are being prepared and will be shared as soon as possible.
By Shirley Harriman