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Investigation underway into illegal dumping at Bearhole Reservoir

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An illegal dumping investigation is underway in West Springfield.

Public works crews were spotted at Bearhole Reservoir Monday morning picking up two dump trucks full of trash.

The West Springfield DPW brought out all the stops to get piles and piles of trash out of Bearhole Reservoir, a popular recreation spot in town.

"There's a lot of stuff in this pile.  It looks like they just cleaned out the house and dumped it here," said West Springfield Deputy DPW Director Trevor Wood

Wood told Western Mass News that he got an email from Mayor Will Reichelt about the illegal dumping Friday night.

Just looking at the pile left over the weekend, it's not hard to see why - tables, car parts, drywall, boxes, an air conditioner, even a full on mattress, but there may be a lead.

"There's a lot of paperwork in there.  It came from a house of somebody that's pretty incapable of doing this, so either they paid for it to get done, then someone dumped it...who knows," Wood added.

There used to be a camera there, but it was damaged.  The town plans on getting all new cameras to catch those who dump there again.

"Just don't do it because we are going to put cameras up and start cracking down," Wood noted.

West Springfield Police could not provide any more details about their investigation, but Reichelt said it will cost them.

"It's $300 per person, so if we catch the person, we'll hit him with that," Reichelt noted.

That $300 is the mandatory Bearhole Reservoir ordinance fine for illegal dumping, but it gets worse.

The state level is very strict about this, especially on or near highways, public land, and bodies of water.  In this case, all of the above.

Fines max out at $5,000 for the first offense and $15,000 for each additional one.

Reichelt added this all could've been dumped for free at the town's transfer station or $100 for a non-resident.  He said that the risk versus reward just doesn't add up.

Officers will continue their investigation.  Anyone with information on the dumping can contact West Springfield Police.

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