CLARKSTON, WA - The Natural Resource Management Staff at Lower Granite Lock and Dam discovered vandalism at Granite Point on June 20.
According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, staff have spent over 20 hours working to remove the spray paint from the natural area, with more hours needed to complete the task. The last major cleanup of Granite Point occurred only a year ago, in May of 2019.
The USACE says that going forward, Corps staff will monitor Granite Point visitors' actions in regards to the vandalism of this natural landscape and will consider future options for the popular site.
One option available to the Corps is an alcohol ban. Visitors who are of legal drinking age are currently allowed to consume alcohol at Granite Point in a responsible manner. Other options include closing down the area and not allowing any future visitation. “Shutting down access to this area is not what the Corps wants to do, but it is something we’ll need to consider if the vandalism and dumping of alcoholic containers continues to pose a safety hazard for other visitors,” Jason Achziger, Natural Resource Manager at Lower Granite Dam, said.
The area is also a wildlife habitat management area. The USACE asks anyone aware of those responsible for vandalism at Corps parks or recreation sites to call (509) 751-0240.