Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) is seeking volunteer groups to help clean up area lakes and streams in September and October. Groups are asked to contact KLLCB by Friday, October 18 at 402-441-8035 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The effort is part of the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide volunteer project designed to remove trash from ocean beaches, lake shores, river sides and other waterways.
"This is a great volunteer project for families, sports teams, scouts, youth groups, churches and other groups," said Adam Rhoads of KLLCB. "It's a very important effort because up to 80 percent of trash in the ocean starts out on land, and it can harm wildlife on its way there. Litter also affects everyone's quality of life by polluting water ways, and impacting fish and seafood."
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.
During last year's Lancaster County cleanup, 88 volunteers picked up litter at 11 area lakes. The 2012 International Coastal Cleanup effort resulted in half a million volunteers cleaning up over ten million pounds of trash worldwide, including two million cigarettes and one million plastic bags.
KLLCB is a program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department. The International Coastal Cleanup program receives funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.
More information is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: kllcb).