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UC Berkeley cuts off access to waterfalls

GEORGETOWN, Calif. (AP) -- The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.

The waterfalls 12 miles outside Georgetown in El Dorado County lure an estimated 600 people each weekend in summer months. But accessing them requires going through land that is part of the university's 4,000-acre Blodgett Forest research project.

Rob York, the research station's manager, tells the Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/1nz7bZl ) more and more people were disobeying the rules over time, requiring him to spend about a third of his budget mitigating impacts.

Access to the land was shut down on Aug. 14.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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