Government shutdown harming national parksPosted by Josh Taylor / January 2, 2019
The national parks are in a really––and literally––crappy position, thanks to the government shutdown. According to a National Parks Service spokesman Andrew Munoz, Yosemite is not fairing well: “With restrooms closed, some visitors are opting to deposit their waste in natural areas adjacent to high-traffic areas, which creates a health hazard for other visitors.” As a result, parts of the park have been closed.
It’s similarly bad in other parks. At Joshua Tree,
People are streaming into the parks, enjoying the free access, but they’re finding trash cans overflowing and restrooms locked. Vault toilets are not serviced, and there’s hardly a flush toilet to be found anywhere. If nature calls — well, the woods are over that way.