Keep Lewisville Beautiful celebrated its eighth annual citywide waterway cleanup Nov. 12 at Lake Park. KLB partnered with The City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Services, Keep Texas Beautiful, and Keep America Beautiful to help educate volunteers about waterway health and conservation and conduct a community wide clean up. A total of 464 volunteers showed outstanding community spirit by helping to remove 6.9 tons of illegally dumped waste and other litter discarded along creeks, streams, shoreline and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Volunteers also planted three trees in celebration of Texas Arbor Day and Girl Scout Troop 3630 helped seed one and a half acres of wildflowers and bluebonnets at Lake Park.
KLB Executive Director Amy Wells said, “Together, we made a huge dent in litter abatement and took a big step toward a cleaner community and cleaner waterways. I am so thankful for the volunteers who came out and showed tremendous effort to tackle some very difficult spots in our community. I am thrilled to have so many people interested in the health of Lewisville waterways.”
Wells Continued, “This was the first year we had a tie for one of our group trophies. The groups are really getting competitive over bringing back the most trash, which we love, because it makes it fun and also has a bigger impact on our environment.”
KLB said it thanks all of the volunteers who worked hard to clean waterways and help make this event a success. EA Engineering won for adult small group with more than 56 bags of trash collected, and the trophy for adult large group went to World Wide Technology, which collected 64 bags of trash. For the first time ever, there was tie for the most trash collected for youth large group — Girl Scout Troops 3533/4910 and Lewisville High School Junior World Affiars collected 47 bags of trash each. Most trash collected for youth small went to The Moms, Daughters, and Friends group with Mary Jane Bassett, which collected 23 bags of trash. The Most Unusual Item Found trophy went to World Wide Technology, which found a large remote-controlled RC Airplane. Other interesting items included a brand new grill, a ladybug pillow pet with tags, a hearing aid, pair of boots, a bullet, a Halloween costume and a 4-foot block of Styrofoam.
Sponsors of this event include City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Waste Services, Texas New Mexico Power Company, Downing and Rink PLLC, Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, LLELA, LoneStar Storage, Bahama Buck’s, Starbuck’s, Lewisville Lion’s Club, The Lewisville Police Department, LISDOLA, Six Flags, Cobra Brewery, Yogurt Zone, DCTA, Marco’s Pizza, Modern Woodmen of America and Top Golf. Keep Lewisville Beautiful sent a special “Thank you” to Lowe’s and HEB Central Market for their grants that made this project possible.
For more information about Keep Lewisville Beautiful or to volunteer with our organization, please visit www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org, email email@example.com, or call our office at 972-538-5949.