Half-century of trash cleared from ravine near Morgantown

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More than 50 years’ worth of trash has been cleaned up from a rural ravine in the Morgantown area that property owners, residents and even strangers had been using the area as a landfill of sorts.

An anonymous tip last year alerted county and state officials to the trashed-filled ravine in western Johnson County, which led to a monthslong cleanup effort that just finished and cost $9,000.

The ravine was far from the road, away from drivers passing by the property at 7201 W. State Road 44. A few pieces of trash had floated down the ravine, which led to a tip being called into the Johnson County Health Department in January 2013, environmentalist Randy Pease said.

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