American River Parkway Foundation Demands Action on Homeless Problem
Interview with Dianna Poggetto, Executive Director of the American River Parkway Foundation. Listening time: 9:28
The American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) submitted a letter to Sacramento County and City of Sacramento demanding that they take action to address the growing concern of illegal camping on the American River Parkway. The environmental and public safety impacts of the growing number of incidents of illegal camping threaten the Parkway’s beauty and sustainability and are a hazard to communities, schools and businesses that border the Parkway as well as Parkway users. This includes growing fire danger, diminished water quality and hazardous materials resulting from intravenous drug use.
ARPF has taken leadership on addressing these critical issues, including increasing the number of clean-ups along the Parkway, debuting the Parkway in Peril video to highlight the devastation caused by fires from illegal campers and creating the Parkway Fire Safe Council to address the removal of vegetation in an effort to reduce fires on the Parkway. But to successfully conserve the Parkway, we need the County to do its part as well.