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|Lake Store Cleanup Aesthetically, Environmentally Necessary
|An annual effort to clean up the area around a local waterway does more than make the area just look clean.
The annual Lake Storey Cleanup was Saturday. Galesburg Public Works Director Larry Cox says volunteers clean up the junk and debris that's accumulated along the lake's shorelines annually in the fall, and this year, while he says more volunteers could have been needed, over a dozen people worked hard to beautify the lake area.
Cox tells WGIL it's important to clean the lake now, in order to get the lake ready for the winter.
"We draw the lake down every fall to help the fish population," Cox said. "We draw it down about five-feet. That it allows space along the shoreline to walk and to find and pick up trash and debris, whether it's soda cans or worm boxes -- things like that -- that we find all along the shoreline."
Cox says even though a lot of containers, pop bottles, and other junk are picked up every year, people generally are good about not littering. "For the most part, people -- fishermen in particular -- are pretty good about taking the trash out that they bring here. But it is a regional park, and we do get...thousands of visitors out here every year. With that many people, there's always some bad apples, or some people that don't clean up after themselves."
It technically is illegal to litter along Lake Storey, and Cox says there are plenty of trash barrels, so he says you would think there would be no excuse to trash the lake.
(A City of Galesburg employee throws a bag of trash collected along the shores of Lake Storey into a dumpster donated by the Knox County Landfill Saturday, as part of the annual Lake Storey Cleanup.)
(The water levels are drawn down at Lake Storey every year at this time in order to help the fish population, according to City of Galesburg officials. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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