USACE Publicly Thanks Volunteers
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Saturday, September 15th was Nolin River Lakes 10th Annual Clean-up Campaign scheduled in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, which was September 22nd . One hundred and eighty eight volunteers showed up on Saturday morning to help clean up the lake, braving briers and poison ivy.
The following ‘thank you’ was submitted to the Edmonson Voice from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
BIG THANK YOU to all volunteers and groups that set aside the day to “lend a hand to the lands” they know and love.
Clean up Statistics:
It’s noticeable in every year’s statistic that volunteers are making a difference. Fewer appliances and tires are being collected and the trash more than likely is from the current year rather than an accumulation of many. Which makes a possibility for next year to focus on multiple projects!! Ninety seven bags of trash were collected along with nine tires! For the second year in a row the largest organized groups were Boy Scout Pack 130 with 65 participants and Girl Scout Troop 1496 with 40. The Kentucky Mountain Bike Associations KYMBA came to give the Brier Creek Trail some trail love and new to the clean-up from Elizabethtown were Boy Scout Troop 260 and the Elizabeth Town Technical College Fishing Club. Special Recognition to Mike Robertson for “lending a hand to the lands” and 10 year commitment of volunteering every year for Nolin River Lakes clean-up event.
Thank you Partners!
A long-standing appreciation and thank you to Hart County Solid Waste in their 10th year of providing dumpsters free of charge at Dog Creek and Wax, and Scott Waste provided a dumpster free of delivery charge to Moutardier. We can always count on Moutardier and Wax marina donating rental pontoons for Corps staff to use during clean-up, and a new partner Jeanine’s Boat Rental from Brier Creek donated a pontoon and driver. All partners received a special certificate in recognition of their participation in National Public Lands Day for their contribution to the beautification of public lands.
An appreciation picnic for all clean-up participants was donated by Bee Springs Restaurant at the Moutardier Recreation Area picnic shelter. It’s hard to know the number of volunteers that will show up the day of an event and Bee Spring Restaurant donated enough food for over 200 volunteers!! The Friends of Nolin provided volunteer recruitment assistance and prizes given away through a random ticket drawing an overall donation of over $200. Fishing poles, life jackets, coolers, dry storage containers, an assortment of camping gear, and a grand prize three-man tent with a camp stove were given away. It was a great ending to the day with food and prizes to thank our volunteers.