Volunteers are needed to help clean up fireworks debris and other trash at the fifth annual Oak Lake Park Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, 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.
As part of the Oak Lake Park cleanup, residents may bring unused, unwanted fireworks to the east parking lot at Oak Lake between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The fire inspector will take the collected fireworks for safe and proper disposal. The collection is open to the public, not just to those participating in the Oak Lake Cleanup.
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 Erin Kubicek (402-441-4959, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Craig Steward (402-477-3606, email@example.com).
More information on the Uncle Sam Jam is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: uncle sam jam).
More information on Watershed Management is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: watershed).
EcoStores Nebraska adopted the Oak Lake cleanup effort in 2011. The nonprofit organization 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.