Cleanups at Lopez Lake collect over 1500lbs

Cleanups at Lopez Lake collect over 1500lbs

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. The next ECOSLO cleanup is at Santa Margarita Lake in Saturday, November 14th from 9AM-11AM.  Sign up to volunteer: http://goo.gl/forms/loQM2ifZMT If you’d like to organize a trail or lake weekday cleanup for a work, school group or club please contact ECOSLO at programs@ecoslo.org 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...
ECOSLO Removes over 740 Pounds of Trash from Local Lakes

ECOSLO Removes over 740 Pounds of Trash from Local Lakes

Successful Lake Clean Ups Since September, ECOSLO, in partnership with San Luis Obispo County Parks, has coordinated four very successful lake clean ups, which have removed a total of over 740 pounds of trash. The fourth clean up will be this Saturday at Lopez Lake from 9am to noon. The first clean up was part of Coastal Cleanup Day, on September 20th. Ranger Wemple at Lopez Lake contacted ECOSLO to join the event because he had noticed a large amount litter had accumulated on the dry parts of the lake bed and shoreline. Five volunteers assisted that day to remove over 80 pounds of trash and recyclables from the land adjacent to the lake. With every clean up since, ECOSLO has been joined by more volunteers who have been able to remove a greater amount of litter. On October 25th, twelve volunteers cleaned up over 300 pounds of trash and recyclables from Lopez Lake, and on November 15th, 35 people helped to remove over 360 pounds of litter from Santa Margarita Lake. One Positive Aspect to the Drought Our county’s lack of rain has caused the lakes to decrease dramatically in size. Lopez is currently at 42 percent capacity. The silver lining is the opportunity to gain greater access to the lake bed to remove litter that has been stuck in the mud for years. It is important to remove all the debris before too much rainfall carries the litter back into the lake. When such debris is left in the natural environment, it is eaten by wildlife such as fish, birds, and deer, and which is incredibly harmful to...