Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District and PPL collected nearly 11 tons of debris during the 6th annual Lake Wallenpaupack Cleanup Day. Nearly 75 tons of debris has been removed since 2008.
Lake Wallenpaupack lakefront property owners and lakefront homeowners associations were invited to dispose of Styrofoam, wood from old docks and metal dock parts.
"It’s obvious a need continues to be served as once again, lakefront property owners and lakefront communities take advantage of the yearly cleanup project," said Alex Zidock, member of the board of directors of LWWMD and cleanup chairman. "To give people the option so they don’t burn these carcinogen-producing materials allows us all to breathe a little easier while enjoying the lake."
Sixty individuals from thirty communities took advantage of the free cleanup and brought enough old and broken Styrofoam, wood and dock parts to the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center to fill six large trash containers.
"This has been an exceptional environmental opportunity for all of us," Zidock said. "The lakefront property owners get a chance to clean up their lakefront areas, PPL benefits from not having Styrofoam and dock parts floating in the lake or ending up washed ashore in coves, and the LWWMD fulfills one of the goals of our mission statement that says we’ll protect, maintain, and enhance the water quality of Lake Wallenpaupack and its tributaries through leadership. And we’ve taken a leadership role in this project.
"Because most of our funding is from donations and grants, the LWWMD owes a deep debt of gratitude to PPL who supplies the containers and pays to have them hauled away and the materials disposed of," he said.
LWWMD is a non-profit organization created in 1979 by local municipalities and community stake-holders to protect and improve the water quality and recreational benefits of Lake Wallenpaupack. Through state and federal grants and significant local contributions, the LWWMD has successfully protected Lake Wallenpaupack’s water quality by regularly testing the water and addressing pollution points.