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Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2007

Clinton Lake cleanup help dwindles

April 29, 2007

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A yearly cleanup at Clinton Lake State Park is losing momentum, the organizer said Saturday.

"Less and less and less" are participating each year, said Kipp Walters, park ranger. "It's a really nice day, so I expected more people to show up."

About 65 of the anticipated 250 to 300 volunteers participated in the 24th annual Clinton Lake Cleanup on Saturday, he said.

Volunteers spent several hours in different areas of the park picking up garbage.

They collected between 800 and 1,000 pounds of trash and recycled 94 pounds of glass, 25 pounds of aluminum cans and 20 pounds of plastic bottles, Walters said. In the cleanup's 24 years, about 9,000 volunteers have participated.

"I feel like it's a way of giving back," said Jay Bialek, Lawrence, as he scoured for trash along the North Shore Trails.

Bialek said he uses the trails frequently for running and biking and takes pride in maintaining the park's cleanliness each year.

Meanwhile, Susan Postlethwaite headed off for boat ramps one and two, trash bag in hand.

"It makes you feel better about yourself and the community," said Postlethwaite, office manager of the Clinton Lake marina, who arrived about an hour late for the cleanup. "I made the mistake of going down to work first, and I didn't get away."

Most of the litter comes from boaters and picnickers losing items in the wind and fishermen not picking up after themselves, Walters said.

"It's all just an eyesore," he said. "But it contributes to pollution, too."

Volunteers also had some unusual finds, including a crushed tricycle frame, a mouse trap, a one-eyed rubber duck and a scooter.

In past years, volunteers have found a typewriter, an airplane control panel and a U.S. Army foot locker from World War II in the park, Walters said.

He said the park employs people to pick up trash, but the annual cleanup gives others an opportunity or reason to get out and enjoy the park while helping the environment at the same time.

Despite a dwindling turnout in recent years, Walters said he continues the cleanup tradition for those who, like Bialek, keep coming back.

"We've got some enthusiastic people," said Walters. "I would like more people to come out and do this."

Comments

hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years, 11 months ago

A day at the Lake and a picnic ..where's Hilda and her lunchbox for the poor souls......how bout we string a trail of vodka bottles around the lake...kinda like an easter egg hunt the drunk with the most bottles picked up (with other trash) as well...well, gets a free nite at the Eldridge with room service...

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hujiko 6 years, 11 months ago

I was in the state park, but didnt even know it was going on, they should really advertise it better, a little money would benefit the park even more

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Confrontation 6 years, 11 months ago

I agree with you, Hawk. I think the homeless that receive all these free services should be forced to do community clean-up work. Of course, they would scream about being forced to work. Why work when they feel they are entitled to free meals and everything else?

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hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years, 11 months ago

Did Mr. Kipp really think "folks' would turn out. AFter all, we are in an era where volunteers need to be paid..just look at the local neighborhood groups with PAID coordinators...Doesn't Loring Henderson at Do Drop In have a "few good men" to go to the Lake for an outing?

Mr. Kipp the days of volunteerism as you knew it are over...the old folks are dying and those that are left are moving to C.R.A.P. to enjoy the sunsets and gardening...Volunteerism will die as has fraternal groups, lodges ...it is all about how much money should we get for what we are doing.

What about those kids experiencing homelessness...maybe a night at the lake with no tent but only a piece of cardboard and a ratty blanket and a piece of beef jerky...then in the morning they can wake up and clean up the lake...

Better ask Sebielus for some money and the feds in Washington....volunteers will harded and harder to get. just wait and see...but you might check with the jail...don';t they have some civic minded prisoners who want to go to the lake? Bring Sheriff Joe Arpaio from AZ he will round up some delinquent teenagers, shackle them in ball and chain and put them to work.......Lawrence got any delinquent teens?

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50YearResident 6 years, 11 months ago

bluerose, there was an article in the LjWorld paper version about this and when it would take place. I bet it was also in the online version if you had looked at the complete listings.

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bluerose 6 years, 11 months ago

i read the LJW online everyday and did not see any announcement of this activity. sometimes it seems very difficult to discover activities like this in the online version of the LJW. they are only mentioned in retrospect. we like to hike at Clinton Lake and might have participated. it was a lovely day! and since we missed the official clean-up, we will continue to pick up any trash we find on our visits!

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