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Sparks officials removing homeless camps along Truckee River

June 11, 2018

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Homeless people who live along the Truckee River must find a different place to sleep at night after the city of Sparks has moved to enforce an ordinance that bans camping along the waterway.

KRNV-TV reports the city on Monday began enforcing the ordinance that was introduced in March 2016. It prohibits camping on public areas within 350 feet of the shore within city limits.

Under the ordinance, the term camping includes sleeping, storing personal items, cooking and making a fire.

Complaints about the conditions of the river are prompting the city to enforce the ordinance.

Sparks City Manager Stephen Driscoll says people have complained about trash and feces along the river.

The station reports officials last week gave enforcement notices to campers and offers for services.

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Information from: KRNV-TV, http://www.mynews4.com

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