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Trespassing becomes a problem on trails and paths along canals

Posted: 9:04 AM, Jan 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-31 13:30:51-05
Canal trails off limits

BOISE, Idaho — Earlier this week we shared with you an issue plaguing hiking trails and walking paths around Idaho. Dog poop. One local man became frustrated with the copious amounts of dog poop he would see on his walks every day. You can read more about that issue here .

Today, another trending issue regarding trespassing was brought to our attention. Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District's Water Superintendent, Greg Curtis shared with 6 On Your Side that paved paths and trails along canal and irrigation ditches are off limits to the public and marked as such. Unless you are exclusively invited by the owner of that property, you are illegally trespassing.

At one location in Boise off of Federal Way the restricted area is not clearly marked, confusing locals. The vandalized signage not only lacks information for what the public should or should not be doing here, but it's yet another frustrating expense for Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District to take care of.

Hundreds of Boise residents recreate in this area without even realizing it's off limits.

If you have any questions regarding trails along a canal or irrigation ditch, Greg Curtis, Water Superintendent for Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District encourages you to check out their website. For more information on trails and walk ways in your area, be sure you contact the city in which the trail or walk way is located.

To report trespassers in Ada County contact the Ada County Sheriff Department's non-emergency line, 208-377-6790.