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San Jose homeless encampment sparks complaint

Posted: March 21, 2014 3:38 p.m.
Updated: March 21, 2014 3:38 p.m.

The California state wildlife department has filed a complaint that the city of San Jose has not done enough to clean up homeless encampments.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A California wildlife warden says the city of San Jose has shown no urgency in removing a homeless encampment that pollutes a nearby creek with everything from shopping carts to excrement.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife Lt. Byron Jones tells the San Jose Mercury News pollution from the encampment gets into Coyote Creek, threatening fish and human health. He complained to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday.

City, county and water district authorities have struggled for years to clear encampments around the city.

San Jose communications director David Vossbrink said the complaint complicates that challenge.


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