The snow and cold didn’t stop volunteers from participating in Loyalhanna Lake’s celebration of Earth Day at the Bush Recreation Area, April 25.
Students from the Outside-In School, Masons from Williamson Lodge 431, members of the Woodlands Boat Dock Club and local residents worked hard to remove trash and debris from different areas along the lake. In just three hours, 36 volunteers collected 65 bags of trash and pulled 120 tires of all sizes from the shoreline. Together, the staff and volunteers shuttled the debris to the boat launch area where it was placed in dumpsters. Afterwards everyone enjoyed lunch together.
The event was held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, a statewide effort to remove litter from roadways, streams and lakes. In support of the event, Westmoreland Cleanways provided gloves, bags, vests and water for the volunteers.
As part of Bridgestone’s Tires4ward program, the tires that were taken off of the lake are scheduled to be picked up and recycled by Liberty Tire. The Tires4ward program is designed to support any citizen-organized cleanup of public spaces and watersheds. Tires are hauled away and recycled into new products such as mulch or used to provide energy from tire-derived fuel.
Volunteers helped to provide a clean lakeshore and recreation area for the upcoming 2015 season.
Loyalhanna and Conemaugh lakes staff would like to thank all of the volunteers that made our spring cleanup a success.
Follow the district on Twitter Facebook Home page Flickr