2011 Media Releases

Date:
August 16, 2011
For More Information Contact:
Laurel Erickson, Environmental Educator, 402-441-8035

"No Coast Coastal Cleanup" Needs Your Help!

Join the No Coast Derby Girls (NCDG), Lincoln's premier roller derby team, and other volunteers in the 2011 "No Coast Coastal Cleanup" at area lakes. Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful (KLLCB) needs groups of all kinds to clean litter from lakeshores in Lancaster County—families, sports teams, Scouts, youth groups, friends, churches, and others.

The NCDG will be cleaning Yankee Hill Lake on Sunday, September 18, at 1 p.m. Join the team and fans to get your name in a drawing for two season tickets to the 2012 NCDG home bouts.

Can't join the Derby Girls? Your group can pick another Lancaster County Lake and do a cleanup on any date between now and October 10. Both shoreline litter pick up and lake-side litter pickup are encouraged, so groups with boats, canoes, and kayaks are welcomed to help reach more inaccessible areas.

This effort is part of the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup, with volunteers around the world removing trash from beaches, lakes, rivers and other waterways. Litter cleanup is important for local lakes and streams, and for the oceans they feed. Up to eighty 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 as it entangles wildlife, or is eaten by aquatic animals or birds.

During last year's cleanup in Lancaster County, volunteers picked up litter at 12 lakes, retrieving nets, fishing line, bait containers, batteries, plywood, propane bottles, tires, beer kegs, lawn chairs, and car parts, along with the ever-abundant plastic bags, beverage bottles, and cigarette butts.

If your group is interested in a lake cleanup, or if you want to participate with the No Coast Derby Girls on September 18, contact KLLCB at 402-441-8035 or lerickson@lincoln.ne.gov. KLLCB is a program of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, and receives partial funding from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.