EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene closed the North Bank Path on Tuesday to allow crews to clear homeless camps between the Valley River Center and Ferry Street Bridge.
The city acquired the stretch of property from the Oregon Department of Transportation in February, but has reportedly received complaints about garbage, pollution, behavior and camping issues along the riverbank for years.
Camping is not allowed in sensitive riparian areas.
The city said campers were notified on March 3 of the scheduled cleanup.
Local nonprofit Willamette Riverkeeper works to protect the river from camps along the bank. Willamette Riverkeeper South Valley Advocate Michelle Emmons said there are many ways camping harms the environment but also said these areas are not safe for the campers, either.
About 14,000 pounds of trash have been removed during previous cleanups leading up to the transfer of the property to the city.