I was lucky to be able to spend a couple hours cleaning up the shoreline of Bountiful Lake this morning. The clean-up was for my friend Gordon Gridley's son Austin's Eagle project.
I got to the lake a little after 8am and, after signing in, was given a bag and a section of shoreline to work on. It actually wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. That is not to say that there wasn't a lot of trash. I had about half of a garbage bag full when I finished. I would say that about 40% or the trash I picked up was cigarette butts, 40% fishing line and 20% other junk (bottles, wrappers, cans, etc.) After finishing my assigned section, I kept going and walked all the way around the lake. It was nice to experience the lake from another perspective (i.e. not in the water).
I saw several other people there that were walking around with bags and helping with the clean-up. When I checked out, it looked like Austin had over a page of volunteers.
I wish Austin the best of luck in getting his Eagle Scout award and thank him for choosing to clean my regular swimming hole.
According to Gordon's blog, Austin had 32 volunteers for a combined 22 hours of work and 650 lbs of trash collected! Check out Gordon's blog for a video (and news clip). Nice job Austin!