The Morro Bay Police Department has removed 17 campsites used by the homeless at Morro Creek near Lila Keiser Park in Morro Bay, citing health and safety concerns.
The city’s parks and recreation department and the California Conservation Corps assisted with the daylong cleanup Friday in the creek bed and area surrounding the west and south sides of the park.
Police said accumulated items such as garbage were harmful to the creek environment, which serves as rain outfall into the Pacific Ocean.
The city posted signs Aug. 20 at the campsites warning of the scheduled cleanup, according to a news release issued by the police department.
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Police said debris filling two dumpsters was collected Friday, and 18 syringes and four pipes were confiscated. More than 10 buckets of human waste were located but not removed due to potential infectious exposure to the workers, police said. The waste will be disposed of at a future date.
Police said they will continue to patrol the area to deter the campers from returning.