PIERRE SD – This year’s Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up Event collected 2540 pounds or 1.27 tons of trash and debris last night July 12th. The clean up is a coordinated effort with the Central South Dakota Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, the Pierre Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre and many
area businesses and other organizations.
This year’s clean up was done with the help of over 80 volunteers from the federal and state agencies, private businesses, various other organizations and dedicated individuals.
The clean up was done by both water and land based crews. The trash collected, which included everything from spent fireworks, pieces of furniture, a toilet and a refrigerator, were hauled to Downs Marina where it was sorted and then properly disposed of by the City of Pierre.
This year’s clean up focused on areas from below Oahe Dam to Antelope Creek. The 2017 Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up netted the following results:
1540 pounds of litter and trash
780 pounds of lumber/rubble
120 pounds of scrap metal
100 pounds of tires – recycled by TMA
2017 Total 2540 pounds – or 1.27 tons
The Missouri River and Lake Sharpe are very important components to the quality of life and to the economy of this region. The annual clean up provides people who recreate on, or whose business depends on recreation, an opportunity to give something back to this precious resource.
The volunteers enjoyed a fish fry picnic supper in Griffin Park prepared by members of the Pierre Chapter of the Izaak Walton League following last night’s clean up. The fish was provided by the members of the Central South Dakota Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited.
Since the Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean-up effort started in 2009 over 17.725 tons of trash and debris has been removed from Lake Sharpe an average of over 2.2 tons per year. This effort makes the river cleaner, healthier for fish and wildlife, and a better place for recreational activities. This was the eighth clean up in the last nine years in the Pierre – Fort Pierre area.
The organizers of the annual clean up, greatly appreciate the contributions and donations that made the clean up successful. This includes a grant from the South Discovery Center and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Thrivent Financial, the City of Fort Pierre and many other area businesses, agencies and organizations that led to the success of this year’s event.
Plans are already underway for next year’s Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean up. If you want to help with or partner on the 2018 Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean up please contact: Paul Lepisto 220-1219 or Bret Afdahl 222-2972
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