I recently re-visited the city of Richland and was saddened that you could walk along the dike and some parks but saw little of the Columbia River. There is so much trash growth and scrub, blown down trees and limbs, that the view along the walkway is not eye- catching, and made it look as if some park areas were going back to nature.
I saw benches along the path, with the view blocked by trash growth. I was led to understand, that if a citizen cut out some trash growth, they received a fine. Really, for cutting weeds?
I would imagine, folk would come out in droves for work parties to help clean up. Parties could sign up to clean one hundred yards of shoreline and have their names installed on plaques.
Many years ago, most of the weeds and some trash trees were removed by helicopter, taken across the river and burned. All at once, families I had never seen before came out to walk. I may never pass that way again but hope Richland would create a program to clean up this beautiful shoreline. In my view, it would make the dike a more pleasant walk for citizens and visitors.
Aaron Johnson Sr., Storm Lake, Iowa