Douglas County residents can help Mother Nature with her annual spring cleaning Saturday at Clinton Lake.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is coordinating the 16th annual clean-up, which invariably yields a mound of cans, bottles, fast food wrappers and assorted junk.
"You get the normal stuff, such as cans, bottles and paper sacks, but you get into some more unusual things," said Jim Franz, a park ranger with the Corps of Engineers who has coordinated the trash pickup the past four years.
"You get into some of the more unusual things. A lot of people bring in tires. One year someone found an old Army footlocker and an acetylene cylinder. We've found car parts; unfortunately there are some of the more remote areas that are used as dumping spots."
Franz expects between 350 and 450 people to show up, depending on the weather. According to forecasts, the rain should hold off, but it will be unseasonably cold. Franz suggests participants to bundle up, and wear gloves and boots.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Overlook Park area, just north of the Clinton Dam. Participants will get trash bags and park personnel will direct them to different parts of the lake. The clean-up continues until 1 p.m., and a complimentary lunch is provided to volunteers.
Information on recycling, live animal displays and other activities will be available. For more information, call the Corps office at 843-7665.
Also at 9 a.m. Saturday, volunteers will be clearing the Clinton Lake Museum grounds near the town of Clinton. Participants should bring rakes, hoes or shovels for the job. Drinks and hot dogs will be provided; volunteers should bring a covered dish to share. In case of rain, the museum clean-up will be April 24.
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