A chill hung in the air as dawn broke over the hills of Lawrence County on Saturday, March 28. Despite the frigid temperature, members of the local community arrived at Yatesville Lake desiring to do their part to preserve the integrity of this shared resource.
Seventy-two volunteers met at the Lawrence County Park to pick up litter along the road sides surrounding the lake. Men and women, boys and girls all participated in the Yatesville Lake Spring Cleanup, the sixth of its kind, hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Friends of Yatesville Lake.
Each year, this event is held with the focus of preserving the environmental quality of Yatesville Lake and fostering an attitude of stewardship and shared responsibility among the public for its continued recreational appeal. With that theme in mind, the volunteers set to picking up litter in several areas around the lake, including Rt. 32, the Left Fork of Little Blaine, and Harriet Branch.
These volunteers exceeded expectations by picking up 237 bags of trash, 9 tires, and 6 miscellaneous items.
Despite temperatures that never exceeded the freezing mark, the 6th Annual Yatesville Lake Spring Cleanup proved to be the most successful to date.