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|Local Residents Show They Care About Lake Storey
|Almost a hundred local residents did something Saturday that many of them would admit more people should be doing more often.
They gathered at Lake Storey for Saturday's annual "Day of Caring" through the Knox County United Way. Volunteers cleaned up Lake Storey Park and the beach and shore areas. Many collected a surprising amount of garbage during just a short period of time.
United Way Executive Director Ann Tucker tells WGIL while she's pleased she got more than double the amount of volunteers for this year's cleanup, she's dismayed at how much garbage was bagged up.
"It's sad," Tucker said, "because as I'm sitting here, I see tons of trash cans around here, and the lack of use, apparently -- that people just don't think about what they're doing when they just throw their trash to the side of the road or even in the lake. That's not good for the fish and the wildlife and the geese."
One of those wanting to make sure the lake areas were cleaned up is John Eller of Galesburg. He fishes on the lake upwards of 40 times a year, and tells WGIL he cleans up a lot of garbage himself.
"We don't have many resources, but what we do have, we want to take care of," Eller said. "A lot of people say, 'you fish Lake Storey?' And I say 'oh yeah, there's actually good fishing out there.' With the cost of gas and everything, it's a lot easier to come out here and fish, rather than go to the [Quad] Cities or Peoria."
Eller says he's filled his boat up more than once with just the garbage he collects from the lake, and that he has often thought of organizing his own cleanup.
WGIL is a United Way Special Events sponsor.
(Volunteers gather Saturday at Lake Storey to help clean it up as part of Knox County United Way's Day of Caring. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|05 19 12 by Newsroom
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