The City of Boulder works at educating us on how to protect our waterways. We see Keep It Clean signs everywhere but how effective are we at really keeping residents and vendors from pouring paint, herbicides, cement, treated wood chips and sawdust into our creeks, surface water and storm drains?
I live in an HOA ruled community where I and other residents have witnessed ongoing violations by vendors, maintenance crews, and fellow neighbors. We have witnessed vendors dump paint in the open space and on our bushes. Vendors, maintenance crews, and residents have liberally rinsed off their paint brushes and paint containers into the surface and storm drains. Vendors leave cement dust piled high under our bushes and in the gutter while landscape companies dump herbicides into our french drains and blow synthetic fertilizer into the street gutters.
When we ask our HOA board to help us keep our residents and vendors from polluting, we receive threatening letters from our board, HOA lawyer, and guilty neighbors. No one is asked to clean up their mess and no one is held accountable. Should we, the concerned residents, still try to stop the pollution?
We call the city and they warn our property manager and ask to speak at board meetings but are continually rebuffed. Officials and officers are impotent to do anything. How can the residents of Boulder do the right thing if there is no recourse against thoughtless neighbors, negligent boards, and unscrupulous property managers? Moving might remove us from the threatening and abusive behavior but it won’t stop the polluting.
Regardless of the many warnings, photographic evidence, and witness statements, our property manager and board brag that the city has never fined them. How can we safely keep it clean? What we should do?