• By The Financial District


A nonprofit environmental group is suing Caltrans over a homeless camp that is on the department’s land.

The Stewards of the Mokelumne River say that a piece of property near Turner Road and Highway 99 in San Joaquin County has not been properly secured by Caltrans and as a result, homeless have moved into the property, according to KCRA 3 News.

According to the suit filed in Sacramento federal court, human and animal feces, used feminine hygiene products and used condoms are among the materials now polluting the river. The Mokelumne River is one of the sources of drinking water for the city of Lodi.

The group is asking for an injunction requiring Caltrans to clean up the site and to secure it so the homeless camp cannot pollute the river.

In a statement to KCRA 3, Caltrans said it was "unable to discuss pending litigation."