The clean-up campaign culminated Saturday morning, April 1, at the causeway landing between Centre and Cedar Bluff. Among those participating included a group from Camp Lewis Youth Camp, local Boy Scouts and many others.
While the final numbers arent in yet, Shad Ellis with Weiss Lake Improvement Association said WLIA was pleased with this years campaign.
I think we are probably going to wind up having less trash and more people, said Ellis. We havent weighed the garbage picked up, but it is a good thing to have more helpers and less poundage. That means we are making progress.
Local Boy Scout Leader Dave Wilson worked with Troop 245 on cleaning up along the shorelines this year. The Scouts have participated in this project for the past several years, Wilson said.
We found some old tires, a piece of a dock, a lot of soft drink bottles, said Wilson.
Billy Pruitt worked with other volunteers on picking up in the Big Nose area of Centre.
I think it has gone well, said Pruitt. We clean up around this area every year. A lot of trash floats in. We just like to keep the neighborhood clean. Its good to see a big push on like this, but we work on it a little all along during the year.
Pruitt said some of the items they picked up this year including disposable lighters and other items that people throw out of their vehicles.
I didnt find any old tires in our area, said Pruitt. Old tires are a hazard and nuisance and things we need to do away with.
Said Pruitt, If everybody would take care of their area, there wouldnt be such a big problem. Of course some folks arent able to get out and do that.
Pruitt said people need to be educated about keeping Cherokee County clean and not dumping little along Cherokee Countys roadways and waterways.
The Weiss Lake Improvement Association encourages all individuals and civic organizations to participate, not only this week, but year-round in keeping rivers and lakes clean