Volunteers needed for Imperial Sand Dunes clean-up

Imperial Sand Dunes – An event is taking place Saturday to clean up the Imperial Sand Dunes. The trash is a common eye sore in the area.

Kathy Foote, co-owner of KD Cycle, said she will join about 2,000 people to help clean up the trash.  Foote said, “[It’s] a great natural resource that’s in our backyard that we need to protect for our future use.” Event organizers said visitors from all over the country, even all over the world will lend a helping hand.

The dunes clean up project began 17 years ago. Project Manager Charla Teeters believes most dune goers share a sense of responsibility to
leave the land as they found it. Teeters said, “You want to have unobstructed areas to ride. You want to make sure you’re taking resources.”

Participants said the clean-up efforts are paying off.  Foote said there’s less trash piling up. Foote said, “We’ve seen in the past clean ups would fill dumpsters full. We don’t fill quite as many dumpsters. People are becoming a lot more aware and realizing the importance of it.”

Participants have a chance to win prizes and will get free food. The Bureau of Land Management is waiving fees throughout Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. You can visit www.uniteddesertgateway.org for more information.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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