Volunteers and volunteer groups are needed to help clean up litter and other debris from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Roper Park, 3rd and Superior streets. The effort is part of the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide volunteer project designed to remove trash from ocean beaches, lake shores, riversides and other waterways. The cleanup is sponsored by the City's Watershed Management division, Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful and the City Parks and Recreation Department.
Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot on 3rd Street, a few blocks north of Adams Street. Silicone wristbands and other items are free to volunteers while supplies last.
"Most people don't realize that the cleanliness of our local waterways can affect others downstream," said Erin Kubicek, City Watershed Management. "About 80 percent of trash found in oceans starts out on land. Hundreds of volunteers in Nebraska donate their time each year as part of the International Coastal Cleanup to pick up litter in and around our local waterways. Together, we can prevent it from washing further downstream and eventually entering our oceans."
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 on the program is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: kllcb), or by contacting Adam Rhoads at 402-441-8035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.