- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials are ramping up efforts to reduce littering and glass container violations on the Missouri River as the summer approaches.

The Office of the State Engineer says signs are posted at several access points along the Missouri River making the public aware that littering and the possession of glass containers on the river’s beaches and sandbars are prohibited.

State Engineer Todd Sando says his office saw less litter being left behind during last summer, but incidents continue to happen more often than they should. Sando says broken glass on beaches creates a serious health hazard because individuals often walk barefoot.

The fine for littering on beaches and sandbars carries a maximum penalty of $250 and the possession of glass containers carries a fine of $100.

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