The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office conducted a Desert Cleanup event on January 14, 2023, outside of Lake Havasu City. Sheriff Schuster opened the event Saturday morning with a safety briefing and thanked the volunteers for their dedication and efforts to help remove unwanted trash from our deserts. Approximately 200 volunteers assisted in the removal of one burned vehicle, one 28-foot boat, two personal watercrafts, a truck tail gate, several televisions, several vehicle bumpers, a couch, a water softener unit, and mounds of other trash. An excess of 20,000 pounds of trash was properly disposed of into roll off dumpsters and trailers. Follow up is being conducted on several potential suspects that were identified during the cleanup, one of which is felony status.
In attendance were multiple MCSO Deputies, along with volunteers from our Search and Rescue units and Boating Safety Division. Other agencies involved include Mohave County ERACE, Arizona State Parks, Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu City Police Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department, and River Medical.
Many businesses and organizations assisted us by volunteering their time or gave monetary donations towards the cleanup. Volunteers and donors include Lowes- Bullhead City, Kingman True Value, Home Depot- Lake Havasu City, Donut Post, Starbucks- Lake Havasu, The Bunker Bar, Ken’s Pizza, Havasu4Wheelers, Havasu Side by Side Trail Association, Ride Havasu SXS, Masonry and More, Liska’s Apothecary, Main Stitch Upholstery, and shirt donations by Thomas Kelly, Mark Taylor, Jeff Gilbert, and Tony Liska.
Our first desert cleanup was a huge success, and we plan to continue hosting these events in other areas of Mohave County in an effort to keep our community trash-free. We will continue to hold those responsible for illegal dumping accountable and ensure that they are prosecuted accordingly.