Saturday, October 24th, 2015 — ECOSLO gathered 28 volunteers for the Lopez Lake cleanup, including students from San Luis Obispo High School, Cuesta College and Cal Poly. The cleanup areas included the marina, Cottonwood Cove and about half the group ventured out in the pontoon boat with San Luis Obispo County Park Ranger Ryan.
With water levels at historic lows, it’s an optimal time to reach debris that would not otherwise be accessible. A total of 712lbs of trash was collected in addition to 48lbs of salvageable recyclables (760lbs total). In mid-September of this year (just 5 weeks ago), 773lbs total debris was collected at Loopez Lake making for over 1500lbs collected within two months.
Several boat anchors were recovered, dozens of aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastics bottles…. many from years ago as you can tell by the logos in the bottles that had been well preserved. Also found in mass amounts were fishing line, plastic caps and metal bottle tops.
If you’d like to organize a trail or lake weekday cleanup for a work, school group or club please contact ECOSLO at email@example.com or 805-544-1777. This is a great way to make a difference in your community and enjoy time spent with co-workers, family and friends. Additionally, this is an especially crucial time of year for cleanups as it’s before the anticipated rainfall which will inevitably wash trash into storm drains or it gets covered again with lake levels rising.
Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to support this successful cleanup!