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(We Are Central PA)   Volunteers from depressed Appalachian towns pick up five tons of garbage left by tourists that were supposed to be an economic boom to their towns, in anticipation of this year's tourist season   (wearecentralpa.com) divider line
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4 days ago  
If people would respect the land and areas they visit this wouldn't be a problem. I like Raystown Lake especially. Unlike the state parks the water is warm and nice to swim in. Of course with it being a manmade lake they probably found ways for this to happen.
 
4 days ago  
The water's probably warm because it's Radioactive
 
4 days ago  
Despite the popular Appalachian narrative, the trash was not all white.
 
4 days ago  

kdawg7736: If people would respect the land and areas they visit this wouldn't be a problem. I like Raystown Lake especially. Unlike the state parks the water is warm and nice to swim in. Of course with it being a manmade lake they probably found ways for this to happen.


Nothing like the smell of brain eating amoeba in the morning
 
4 days ago  
Serving for almost 25 years, Rabena received the Corps Foundation Enduring Service Volunteer Award for his advocacy for the lake.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Rabena has put in more than 5,000 service hours to develop, support and improve Raystown Lake.


Beers for this guy. Good on ya
 
4 days ago  
And although I adore tourists individually, I agree that as a group they are rather stupid.
 
4 days ago  
HA HA ! Fark you, Hillbillies! Maybe ask your Messiah Trump to pay for the cleanup.
 
4 days ago  

zepillin: The water's probably warm because it's Radioactive


Them glowing catfish get purty big and are good eatin if you cut the extra lumps off
 
4 days ago  
Wow.  That's ten red VW Microbuses' worth.

/Hope the dump was open
 
4 days ago  
Boom or boon?
 
4 days ago  
We RV camp a lot.  I almost always walk around our site and collect one or two garbage bags of trash.  It is just shameful.  And, it is nearly always lite beer cans and bottles, never IPAs or microbrew cans, so, I am fairly certain I know who's leaving trash everywhere.
 
4 days ago  

kdawg7736: If people would respect the land and areas they visit this wouldn't be a problem. I like Raystown Lake especially. Unlike the state parks the water is warm and nice to swim in. Of course with it being a manmade lake they probably found ways for this to happen.


It has nothing to do with man-made and everything to do with depth. The deeper the lake, the more energy it takes to warm it.

/ unless one of the sources is geothermal, that is
 
4 days ago  

stuhayes2010: We RV camp a lot.  I almost always walk around our site and collect one or two garbage bags of trash.  It is just shameful.  And, it is nearly always lite beer cans and bottles, never IPAs or microbrew cans, so, I am fairly certain I know who's leaving trash everywhere.


Everywhere we've camped, we police our site and pick up the cigarette butts, bags of trash, beer cans, and miscellaneous schmutz that clueless self-centered assholes indiscriminately toss on the ground.

/Take only pictures; leave only footprints
//Assholes
 
4 days ago  
People that litter need to be tased in the nutsack or ovaries repeatedly
 
4 days ago  

phamwaa: stuhayes2010: We RV camp a lot.  I almost always walk around our site and collect one or two garbage bags of trash.  It is just shameful.  And, it is nearly always lite beer cans and bottles, never IPAs or microbrew cans, so, I am fairly certain I know who's leaving trash everywhere.

Everywhere we've camped, we police our site and pick up the cigarette butts, bags of trash, beer cans, and miscellaneous schmutz that clueless self-centered assholes indiscriminately toss on the ground.

/Take only pictures; leave only footprints
//Assholes


Honestly? Even though it attracts animals...having conveniently placed bear-resistant trash dumpsters might not be the worst idea to have at a popular lake
 
4 days ago  

Tchernobog: Serving for almost 25 years, Rabena received the Corps Foundation Enduring Service Volunteer Award for his advocacy for the lake.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Rabena has put in more than 5,000 service hours to develop, support and improve Raystown Lake.


Beers for this guy. Good on ya


Uh..
 
4 days ago  
Yeah, and how much of that is from locals who are illegally dumping their trash? Sure, some tourists do leave behind trash but not 10,000 pounds worth.
 
4 days ago  
People suck!
 
4 days ago  
We should ban tourism.  It isn't necessary.  If a person must travel have the government issue them travel papers.  People should stay where they are at, working their jobs for the government or the cooperation's.

Problem solved.
 
4 days ago  

AmbassadorBooze: We should ban tourism.  It isn't necessary.  If a person must travel have the government issue them travel papers.  People should stay where they are at, working their jobs for the government or the cooperation's.

Problem solved.


Username checks out.
 
4 days ago  

Mock26: Yeah, and how much of that is from locals who are illegally dumping their trash? Sure, some tourists do leave behind trash but not 10,000 pounds worth.


Appalachian folks do the real environmental work like blasting the tops off of mountains and setting coal seams on fire and poisoning groundwater and dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of pollutants into this very lake; this penny-ante littering stuff is just so the tourists can feel like they're participating.
 
4 days ago  

AmbassadorBooze: We should ban tourism.  It isn't necessary.  If a person must travel have the government issue them travel papers.  People should stay where they are at, working their jobs for the government or the cooperation's.

Problem solved.


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4 days ago  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Mock26: Yeah, and how much of that is from locals who are illegally dumping their trash? Sure, some tourists do leave behind trash but not 10,000 pounds worth.

Appalachian folks do the real environmental work like blasting the tops off of mountains and setting coal seams on fire and poisoning groundwater and dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of pollutants into this very lake; this penny-ante littering stuff is just so the tourists can feel like they're participating.


And all of the resources pulled from the ground will keep big city folks in steel, heat and electricity so they can look down their noses at the very people that keep their cities running. All roads and rails lead to New York City to bring stuff in, not take stuff out except garbage.
 
4 days ago  

zepillin: The water's probably warm because it's Radioactive


And full, I mean chalk to the nuts full, of possum jizz.
 
4 days ago  
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the Appalachian trail isn't far from my house and being a beautiful day I blew off some projects I should've been working on for a quick 5 miler. I usually bring a plastic bag to pick up trash along the trail.  Picking this piece up sort of spoiled my walk. 2 miles was enough that day. Get back to work.
 
4 days ago  
Need to call their local Gamblers.
ABG
 
4 days ago  

bucket_pup: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Mock26: Yeah, and how much of that is from locals who are illegally dumping their trash? Sure, some tourists do leave behind trash but not 10,000 pounds worth.

Appalachian folks do the real environmental work like blasting the tops off of mountains and setting coal seams on fire and poisoning groundwater and dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of pollutants into this very lake; this penny-ante littering stuff is just so the tourists can feel like they're participating.

And all of the resources pulled from the ground will keep big city folks in steel, heat and electricity so they can look down their noses at the very people that keep their cities running. All roads and rails lead to New York City to bring stuff in, not take stuff out except garbage.


If TFA were about New Yorkers picking up trash from visiting country mice, I might've have made a jab about filling their landfills and spilling oil into their waterways and giving themselves cancer by polluting the air. And maybe then a hyperdefensive NYer would whine about how the country benefits from the way NYC's crowded environment produces manufactured goods and medical research and biotech and finance and publishing and insurance and international trade and so on.

But TFA isn't about NYC. So it seems like you're just bringing up city mice because the chip on your shoulder is reading things into my post.
 
4 days ago  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: AmbassadorBooze: We should ban tourism.  It isn't necessary.  If a person must travel have the government issue them travel papers.  People should stay where they are at, working their jobs for the government or the cooperation's.

Problem solved.

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Would shutting down tourism stop tourism poluttion?  I think it would.  So are you saying that a total ban on tourism wouldn't stop tourists from dumping garbage?  That they will quantum teleport garbage just to spite the tourist areas?

My statement stands as a solution to the problem.
 
4 days ago  

AmbassadorBooze: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: AmbassadorBooze: We should ban tourism.  It isn't necessary.  If a person must travel have the government issue them travel papers.  People should stay where they are at, working their jobs for the government or the cooperation's.

Problem solved.

[Fark user image image 223x226]

Would shutting down tourism stop tourism poluttion?  I think it would.  So are you saying that a total ban on tourism wouldn't stop tourists from dumping garbage?  That they will quantum teleport garbage just to spite the tourist areas?

My statement stands as a solution to the problem.


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4 days ago  

Patmaniac: [Fark user image image 425x566]the Appalachian trail isn't far from my house and being a beautiful day I blew off some projects I should've been working on for a quick 5 miler. I usually bring a plastic bag to pick up trash along the trail.  Picking this piece up sort of spoiled my walk. 2 miles was enough that day. Get back to work.


That slip of paper is kind of my mantra. If I leave the trash on the ground, it will keep annoying me. If I pick it up as I clean up after my dogs, it ceases to be a problem, and will not irk me in the future.

/fark smokers who toss cigarette butts everywhere.
//same for shopping carts in a parking lot.
///OCD, certainly.
 
4 days ago  

Snaptastic: Patmaniac: [Fark user image image 425x566]the Appalachian trail isn't far from my house and being a beautiful day I blew off some projects I should've been working on for a quick 5 miler. I usually bring a plastic bag to pick up trash along the trail.  Picking this piece up sort of spoiled my walk. 2 miles was enough that day. Get back to work.

That slip of paper is kind of my mantra. If I leave the trash on the ground, it will keep annoying me. If I pick it up as I clean up after my dogs, it ceases to be a problem, and will not irk me in the future.

/fark smokers who toss cigarette butts everywhere.
//same for shopping carts in a parking lot.
///OCD, certainly.


I would support both a $10K per cigarette butt littering fine payable half to the government and half to whoever videos and reports it.  I'd be okay with this for any intentional littering actually.
 
3 days ago  

stray_capts: Snaptastic: Patmaniac: [Fark user image image 425x566]the Appalachian trail isn't far from my house and being a beautiful day I blew off some projects I should've been working on for a quick 5 miler. I usually bring a plastic bag to pick up trash along the trail.  Picking this piece up sort of spoiled my walk. 2 miles was enough that day. Get back to work.

That slip of paper is kind of my mantra. If I leave the trash on the ground, it will keep annoying me. If I pick it up as I clean up after my dogs, it ceases to be a problem, and will not irk me in the future.

/fark smokers who toss cigarette butts everywhere.
//same for shopping carts in a parking lot.
///OCD, certainly.

I would support both a $10K per cigarette butt littering fine payable half to the government and half to whoever videos and reports it.  I'd be okay with this for any intentional littering actually.


Actually,
This means of discouraging littering is very feasible.
Trash generally begins as a purchased product, complete with a QR code and bar code and unless said product was purchased with cash; which is becoming outdated the transaction is captured via credit/ debit card swipe. During a drone flyover, the QR/ bar code data is picked up , GPS coordinates filed for the trash heap and the fine would be issued by the time the criminal litterbug returns home from their camping trip.


/All hail our campground aerial drone overlords.

//technology is awesome

///and scary
 
3 days ago  

bucket_pup: All roads and rails lead to New York City to bring stuff in, not take stuff out except garbage.


Well, and commuters, who do things like "jobs", that pay "taxes".

Tricky concept, I know.
 
3 days ago  

stray_capts: Snaptastic: Patmaniac: [Fark user image image 425x566]the Appalachian trail isn't far from my house and being a beautiful day I blew off some projects I should've been working on for a quick 5 miler. I usually bring a plastic bag to pick up trash along the trail.  Picking this piece up sort of spoiled my walk. 2 miles was enough that day. Get back to work.

That slip of paper is kind of my mantra. If I leave the trash on the ground, it will keep annoying me. If I pick it up as I clean up after my dogs, it ceases to be a problem, and will not irk me in the future.

/fark smokers who toss cigarette butts everywhere.
//same for shopping carts in a parking lot.
///OCD, certainly.

I would support both a $10K per cigarette butt littering fine payable half to the government and half to whoever videos and reports it.  I'd be okay with this for any intentional littering actually.


Yep.  Every time I think smokers are taxed enough, I find another farking butt on the sidewalk, in the park, on the beach, etc...

/even the E-1 privates I worked with were capable of controlling their litter
//and some of them weren't all that bright, tbh
 
3 days ago  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Mock26: Yeah, and how much of that is from locals who are illegally dumping their trash? Sure, some tourists do leave behind trash but not 10,000 pounds worth.

Appalachian folks do the real environmental work like blasting the tops off of mountains and setting coal seams on fire and poisoning groundwater and dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of pollutants into this very lake; this penny-ante littering stuff is just so the tourists can feel like they're participating.


Also, tfa and the sub-link don't actually mention tourists...trash could all be from locals.
 
3 days ago  
Heh.  My brotherives in a cabin on Raystown Lake.  Absolutely beautiful place. A 30 minute drive to any form of "civilization" but something I could get used to.  Only thing he has to be concerned about are bears and black snakes (which are HUGE) thanks to the abundance of Chipmunks to feed on
 
3 days ago  

AAAAGGGGHHHH: HA HA ! Fark you, Hillbillies! Maybe ask your Messiah Trump to pay for the cleanup.


So what other under privileged groups do you make fun of?
 
3 days ago  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: And maybe then a hyperdefensive NYer would whine about how the country benefits from the way NYC's crowded environment produces manufactured goods


No one manufactures anything in NYC anymore.   Over the last 30 years, the number of manufacturing jobs in NYC has fallen to just 20% of what it was.

https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/SM​U​36935613000000001

The NYC assholes in charge of that sort of thing off-shored all the manufacturing jobs to China, because they're amoral assholes.

"Fight for $15", so we can justify investment in robots to replace you in your stupid service sector job.
 
3 days ago  

bucket_pup: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Mock26: Yeah, and how much of that is from locals who are illegally dumping their trash? Sure, some tourists do leave behind trash but not 10,000 pounds worth.

Appalachian folks do the real environmental work like blasting the tops off of mountains and setting coal seams on fire and poisoning groundwater and dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of pollutants into this very lake; this penny-ante littering stuff is just so the tourists can feel like they're participating.

And all of the resources pulled from the ground will keep big city folks in steel, heat and electricity so they can look down their noses at the very people that keep their cities running. All roads and rails lead to New York City to bring stuff in, not take stuff out except garbage.


This is changing. Multiple states have 100% renewable energy plans for the power sector with 2030 - 40 timelines. It will happen even faster.
 
3 days ago  

caffeine_addict: Heh.  My brotherives in a cabin on Raystown Lake.  Absolutely beautiful place. A 30 minute drive to any form of "civilization" but something I could get used to.  Only thing he has to be concerned about are bears and black snakes (which are HUGE) thanks to the abundance of Chipmunks to feed on


I live in a cabin on the lake.
It's only an hour to Aldi's
 
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