Cleaning up Wind CreekPublished 12:04pm Friday, March 1, 2013
Every year when Lake Martin drops to winter pool levels, the receding water line reveals trash that has washed up near the shoreline.
A group of volunteers will be gathering this weekend at 8:30 a.m. at Wind Creek State Park to try to rid the lake of the unsightly and hazardous litter.
John Thompson, president of Lake Martin Resource Association, said while the LMRA has done cleanup projects at Wind Creek before, he decided to try to tackle the shoreline litter problem after reading a column by Outlook general manager Virginia Spears about her trip to the park.
“We worked at Wind Creek in October, but we mainly worked on islands and shorelines adjacent to the park,” Thompson said. “But we saw the same thing Virginia ran into with the water being down lower – there is more shoreline and exposed glass. There are some trashed up areas.”
Thompson said Virginia’s column, which detailed the litter she saw during her visit, struck a chord with him.
“When I read that article, I called Sabrina Wood with Middle Tallapoosa Clean Water Partnership and told her we needed to see if we could do anything about this,” Thompson said.
Wood said that with a Water Festival planned at Wind Creek fast approaching, this seemed like a good time for the cleanup.
“We will be bringing fourth graders from Tallapoosa County and Alex City schools to rotate through several activity sessions where they learn different things about water,” Wood said. “This is a way to get ready for the festival in April, but it also will help prepare the park for all the people that will be visiting Wind Creek in the coming months.”
Thompson said volunteers may get a little dirty and should dress accordingly. Work gloves are optional, but Thompson said they may prove helpful.
“Anyone that wants to come, please join us,” Thompson said. “We will have trash bags and trash picks so people won’t have to bend over as much. We will pick up all the trash we can and try to leave it a cleaner place than we found it.”
Thompson said the cleanup should wrap up by 11:30 a.m. Volunteers should tell the front gate they are there for the cleanup, and they will not be charged an entrance fee. Volunteers will meet in the tower area of the park before beginning the cleanup.