SOMERSET, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2011) – Cooler temperatures welcomed volunteers to yet another successful National Public Lands Day event here along the shores of Lake Cumberland. The Friends of Lake Cumberland, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, held the 22nd annual lake-wide cleanup, and the results were terrific.
A total of 570 volunteers participated at six designated sites. Altogether, they collected a total of 2,118 bags of trash and 646 old tires, bringing the total participation since the event’s beginning in 1990 to 11,199 volunteers, 90,906 bags of trash and 17,821 tires.
Things kicked off 9 a.m. Saturday with volunteers departing by land and water throughout the morning to gather trash and debris. Marinas on the Lake donated the use of several pontoon boats, which is an invaluable asset to help with the collection effort. Local High School Junior ROTC units, Cub Scout Packs and conservation groups were also well represented.
Lake Cumberland Natural Resource Manager Brett Call complimented all of the volunteers on their outstanding efforts, "I am very impressed with the level of commitment these volunteers show year after year. None of this could happen without them," he said.
The day's work ended at 2 p.m., and volunteers were rewarded with prizes and two appreciation picnics. General Burnside Island State Park, near the upper reaches of the lake, hosted groups from Waitsboro Recreation Area, Burnside Island, and Conley Bottom locations. Lake Cumberland State Park, near Wolf Creek Dam, hosted a picnic for the groups working at Lake Cumberland State Park, Grider Hill, and Wolf Creek Marina.
Groups were awarded prizes by The Friends of Lake Cumberland. This included awards ranging from $250 for 1st place to $100 for 4th place, based on the most trash collected. Organizers also
gave a prize of $50 for the most tires collected. Participants were encouraged to submit a "most unusual item found" and the winner took home a cash prize of $25.
The Friends of Lake Cumberland is made up of local citizens, organizations and agencies, which care about Lake Cumberland and the environment. Without each member’s help, the annual community cleanup would not enjoy such success. Friends’ members work with area businesses and organizations to obtain donations, which are used to pay for everything from the printing of T-shirts to prizes for the many volunteers.
Officials from the Friends group and the Corps expressed their sincere thanks to everyone who donated their time, talents and resources to this year’s lake cleanup!
Anyone interested in becoming a member of The Friends of Lake Cumberland or learning more about the organization, please contact President, Steve Syphax at (606) 451-1402. For questions related to the Corps of Engineers and Lake Cumberland, please call (606) 679-6337. Lake Cumberland is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lakecumberland.
For more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, visit the district’s website at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps.