Archive for Thursday, September 7, 2006

Lake litter

September 7, 2006


To the editor:

On Aug. 31, a young and astute bass angler from Overland Park made his first visit to Perry Lake.

During his day afloat, he was appalled by the pollution that he periodically saw and heard, especially in the vicinity of three of the reservoir's four marinas.

At the two Rock Creek marinas, his ears were assaulted by loud music emitting from two boats docked at one of the marinas.

In addition, the shorelines surrounding both marinas were littered with an appalling accumulation of trash. Except for the trees and brush, which were deposited by Mother Nature and weren't offensive to the eye, much of the debris came from the recreational boaters who moor their boats at the marinas.

Around the marina in the Slough Creek arm, he experienced similar sights and sounds but the accumulation of debris along the shoreline wasn't as massive and offensive as it was in Rock Creek.

Shortly before this angler made his maiden visit to the lake, area newspapers published stories about how some recreational boaters and other folks were concerned about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' policies regarding Perry's water levels. This angler, however, thought that the boaters, anglers, Corps of Engineers and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks should be more concerned about the offensive noise and litter that besmears portions of the lake.

Ned Kehde,



KS 9 years, 2 months ago

Like a Wal-Mart parking lot, the debris doesn't come from the mainra, it was blown in from the camping grounds! :) Marinas are full of boaters that pay a fee to use that facility. If one is offended by their actions (not debris) stay away. You are not supposed to fish in a marina anyway. The marina users need the room to navigate. Why would you think is is okay to anchor and fish in a confined and populated area of the lake? Generally, I have found in my boating years that debris on lakes is generally left by those who are only there once in awhile. Boaters who use the marinas usually police themselves. Not always, but generally.

Brenda Vantuyl 9 years, 2 months ago

We have been boating at Perry Lake for 23 years, and have always had a slip in the Rock Creek marina. It IS usually the visitors that leave their trash every where. We have spent lots of time picking up after them. This is our vacation spot, and we spend alot of money to be there, so if you don't like the music, go to another part of the lake.

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