Editorial: Lake cleanup provides ‘good kind of tired’

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 17, 2005

Come Saturday, people who care about our local lakes will head out to do some shoreline cleanup.

We urge anyone with some free time to join the volunteers. While service clubs, Scouts and 4-H groups have been invited to help out, a person doesn’t need to have an affiliation to join a crew.

Volunteers are reporting at 9 a.m. Saturday to the Brookside boat landing on Fountain Lake. From there, they’ll be dispatched to local lakes.

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It will be hard work, but it can also be fun. A &uot;good kind of tired&uot; comes from this kind of work, which helps some of our local jewels shine a little more. Over the years, people have found things like refrigerators, copy machines, tires, a flat-bottom boat, paddle boat, docks, barrels and old bed springs while taking part in lake cleanup. It’s sad to think people would dump such things around our natural resources, but it has happened. Because of efforts of people who help with cleanup, things have come a long way.

The Lakes Restoration Committee and Crystal-Pierz Marine will provide garbage bags, gloves, refreshments, and T-shirts and prizes as thank you gifts. For safety, volunteers should wear pants, long-sleeved shirts, and boots or old shoes. They should also bring their own bug spray.

Interested service groups can also make other arrangements if they wish to clean up a section of lakeshore another time. To sign up for a section of lakeshore, volunteers may call Bruce Haugsdal at 373-2743.

Let’s all do our part to clean up our local lakes.