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Archive for Saturday, March 27, 1993

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR RIVER CLEANUP

March 27, 1993

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Volunteers are being sought for the city's River Area Cleanup 1993.

The cleanup, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at three sites in the city, will be held April 24, in conjuction with Earth Day on April 22.

"Someone told me that the river was impossible (to clean up)," said Patricia Marvin, the city's recycling coordinator. "So now I'm inspired to clean it up."

The city, along with the local Coors distributor and Haskell Indian Junior College, will sponsor the cleanup, Marvin said.

This year's cleanup sites will be the Kansas River beach area east of the Massachusetts Street bridge on the north bank of the river; the levee area of the river on the north bank, west of the bridge; and the Haskell Creek tributary of the Kansas River located near 23rd and Delaware.

Teams of volunteers are being sought to participate in the cleanups, which will be held simultaneously at each site, Marvin said.

Trash and recyclables will be collected at each site by city sanitation trucks.

BUSINESSES and organizations also are being asked to contribute money or services for the cleanup.

Assistance for the project already has been pledged by the North Lawrence Improvment Assn., the East Lawrence Improvement Assn., Dillon Stores and the Journal-World.

LRM Industries Inc., also has agreed to provide heavy machinery to move 30 to 40 tons of trash, limbs and "muck" for the Haskell tributary cleanup, Marvin said.

The LRM equipment will remove debris before the official cleanup day, she said.

Marvin said the goal is to get the natural flow of the Haskell tributary back.

"There's a lot of trash around in that area but the volunteers can't get to it with all the muck in the way," she said.

MARVIN SAID the area has been illegally used by some people as a landfill, clogging the channel of the stream.

Marvin said she hoped a comprehensive cleanup would prevent further dumping in the area.

"It could be a remarkably pretty spot if we could get it cleaned up," she said.

She said a similar area at Fifth and Indiana that was clogged with trash and natural debris has not been used as a landfill since volunteers cleaned it up a few years ago.

Marvin said that in addition to cleanup volunteers, the city is seeking people who can provide refreshments for workers.

"That may not seem like much,'' she said, ``but it is to the people who are doing to cleanup."

Each of the cleanups will be conducted using a "site action plan," she said.

UNDER THE plan, each site will have a supervisor to coordinate volunteers, a central control table and a cleanup strategy.

Cleanup volunteers are being asked to sign up for two-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or from 10 a.m. to noon.

Anyone interesting in volunteering can call the recycling office at 832-3330, or their local neighborhood organizations.

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