City officials are asking for residents to help clean up fireworks debris following private and public Independence Day celebrations.
The City Watershed Management Division and Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful are working with neighborhood associations and a local fireworks distributor to remind residents to prevent firework debris from entering into the City's storm drains. Fireworks, shells and packaging contain harmful chemicals, and the common firework ingredient perchlorate is a source of water pollution. Once perchlorate enters a waterway through a storm drain, it remains there for 20 to 80 days.
Volunteers are needed Saturday, July 7 to help clean up Oak Lake Park, the site of the City's annual Uncle Sam Jam. The organized community cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon is sponsored by the Cleaner Streams program of Watershed Management, EcoStores Nebraska, Prairieland Dairy and Ayars & Ayars. Volunteers are asked to meet on the west side of Oak Lake off 1st Street. Lunch and t-shirts will be provided while they last.