For decades, trash was piled up and buried at the landfill off Avon Street just south of Charlottesville near where the jail and Interstate 64 now sit, and some of that trash has been falling into Moore's Creek. But now there are signs of progress, thanks to a new development going in.
The waste was released after water from the creek eroded its edges. Now crews associated with a new shopping center project are cleaning up what had become quite a mess.
Mike Meintzschel lives nearby and has been watching the creek and the dump for a long time and making sure the powers that be know about it. He even made a YouTube video to underline his worries about the trash. Now that work is underway to fix things and crews have pulled hundreds of pounds of refuse out of the water, he's feeling better about the situation.
"They've pulled out nearly 200 tires from the stream bed as well as other metallic objects - tanks, parts of cars - so those have been pulled out from the creek bed so it looks much nicer now,” said Meintzschel said.
The company cleaning the creek is also planning to plant around 200 trees along the water to help keep the landfill from sliding into the river and hide it from view.
Meintzschel says he's told Friday is the last day crews will be working this year due to the holidays, but that they'll be back to work again in January.
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