Volunteers are needed to help clean up fireworks debris and other trash at the fourth annual Oak Lake Park Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 5. The event is sponsored by the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department, the City Parks and Recreation Department, EcoStores Nebraska and Ayars & Ayars. The City's annual Uncle Sam Jam Independence Day celebration is July 3 at Oak Lake Park.
Volunteers are asked to meet under the open park shelter on the east side of Oak Lake Park. Lunch and free water bottles will be provided while supplies last. Volunteers also will be entered into a drawing for a rain barrel.
Fireworks shells, packaging and other debris 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 can remain there for up to 80 days. Cleaning up debris before it reaches the storm drains prevents water pollution and helps to protect animals and their habitats.
For more information on the cleanup, visit the Watershed Management Facebook page at facebook.com/LincolnWatershed. For more information, contact Craig Steward at 402-477-3606 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Erin Kubicek at 402-441-4959 or email@example.com.
EcoStores Nebraska is a nonprofit that sells salvaged building materials and supplies in order to keep usable materials out of the landfill. For more information about EcoStores Nebraska, visit ecostoresne.org.