Volunteers and volunteer groups are needed to help clean up litter and other debris from area lakes and streams during September and October. The effort is part of Keep Lincoln and Lancaster County Beautiful's (KLLCB) 2015 International Coastal Cleanup, a world-wide volunteer project designed to remove trash from ocean beaches, lake shores, riversides and other waterways.
To volunteer, contact KLLCB at 402-441-8035 or firstname.lastname@example.org. KLLCB will work to set a date, time and location that is most convenient to volunteers among the numerous cleanup projects scheduled to be conducted this fall.
This is a great opportunity for families, sports teams, scouts, youth groups, churches and other groups. Both shoreline and lakeside litter pickups are needed, so groups with boats, canoes and kayaks are welcome to help reach more inaccessible areas.
Last year, volunteers picked up nearly 10,000 pieces of litter, including 1,300 food wrappers and 1,200 beverage cans. "The cleanliness of waterways in Lancaster County can impact rivers and oceans downstream," said Adam Rhoads, KLLCB. "Although the nearest ocean is almost one thousand miles away, 80 percent of trash found in oceans starts out on land. Knowing how litter negatively affects our community and environment, it's easy to see why our annual waterway cleanup program is so important."
Rhoads said 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 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 email@example.com.