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Rafter fined for dumping trash in Grand Canyon river

According to Reuters reports, An Alaska man who led a rafting trip in

the Grand Canyon has been fined nearly $2,500 for dumping trash in the

Colorado River and illegally collecting firewood, prosecutors said on

Tuesday.

Nels Nicholas Niemi, 75, was the leader of a 12-day non-commercial

rafting trip through Grand Canyon National Park during which rubbish

was dropped in the river daily, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the

District of Arizona said.

Niemi was told at the outset that his group must take with them all

refuse and garbage it produced, the office said in a statement, adding

he then displayed complete disregard for regulations designed to

protect the river ecosystem.

The Colorado River passes through the Grand Canyon, which is one the

world's top tourist attractions and is visited by more than 4.5

million people every year.

U.S. Attorney John Leonardo said the prosecution of Niemi, who was

convicted in October, should remind all river users that the rules

were important and would be vigorously enforced.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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