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A raft blasts through Time Zone Rapids on the Salmon River near Riggins.

RIGGINS — The Forest Service has found a solution to the loss of the device that accepted human waste from rafters in the Riggins area, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests announced this week.

King’s Thrones & Pumping Services will provide portable toilet pumping services for Salmon River users through Sept. 20. The service began July 2. The pump truck will be stationed on Big Salmon River Road about three miles east of Riggins at a pull-out adjacent to the BLM’s Shorts Bar Recreation Area. The service will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Mountain seven days a week.

Last summer, Gem Stop service station notified the Salmon River Ranger District that it was going to shut down the area’s SCAT machine — a highly specialized portable toilet-cleaning machine — and the Forest Service would need to find a new location. In December, Riggins city officials told the Forest Service the city would no longer take the waste stream from the SCAT machine because it wasn’t compatible with the sewer system.

More than 10,000 private and commercial floaters use the Main Salmon (River of No Return) each summer. Recreationists who spend time in Hells Canyon and the Lower Salmon River also pass through the Riggins area.

“We are happy to be able to provide this option to our Salmon River users this summer, and appreciate King’s Thrones & Pumping Services for working with us to provide the services,” Jeremy Harris, recreation supervisor for the Salmon River Ranger District, said in a press release. “This is a temporary solution to the end of the SCAT machine agreement, and we will continue our efforts to provide long–term services near Riggins in the future.”

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