Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) is seeking volunteer groups to help with the 2012 "No Coast Coastal Cleanup" at area lakes. Groups will be asked to select a Lancaster County lake and conduct a cleanup by Sunday, October 14. The effort is part of the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide volunteer project designed to remove trash from ocean beaches, lake shores, river sides and other waterways.
Friends and families, sports teams, scouts, youth groups, churches and others are asked to consider this volunteer opportunity. Both shoreline and lakeside litter pickup are encouraged, so groups with boats, canoes and kayaks are welcome to help reach more inaccessible areas.
Groups will be asked to tally each type of trash collected, as part of an effort to add to the worldwide marine debris database maintained by the Ocean Conservancy. KLLCB will provide data cards and trash bags. Park permits are required at State recreation areas.
"Litter cleanup is important for local lakes and streams and for the oceans they feed," said Laurel Erickson, KLLCB. "Up to 80 percent of trash in the ocean starts out on land, but is blown by the wind into waterways. As it makes its way to the ocean, it causes harm along the way by entangling wildlife. The trash also could be eaten by aquatic animals or birds."
During last year's Lancaster County cleanup, volunteers picked up litter at 10 area lakes. In addition to plastic bags, beverage bottles and cigarette butts, volunteers found nets, fishing line, bait containers, batteries, plywood, propane bottles, tires, beer kegs, lawn chairs and car parts.
To participate, contact KLLCB at 402-441-8035 or firstname.lastname@example.org. KLLCB is a program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. It receives funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
More information is available at health.lincoln.ne.gov.