April Ballweg, LeeAnn Kelly, Rachelle Barinka, Lou Barinka and Roger Place with EA Engineering won the adult small group, collecting 28 bags of trash from Timber Creek. (Photo courtesy April Ballweg.)

Keep Lewisville Beautiful held its ninth annual citywide waterway cleanup Nov. 11 at Lake Park. KLB partnered with City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Services, Keep Texas Beautiful, Lowe’s, HEB Central Market and Keep America Beautiful to help educate volunteers about watershed conservation and conduct a community-wide clean up. A total of 442 volunteers helped remove 3.8 tons of illegally discarded and litter along creeks, streams, the Lewisville lake shoreline and the Trinity River. An Arbor Day celebration was also held onsite, where TIAA volunteers planted seven trees for Texas Arbor Day, which was celebrated statewide Nov. 3.

“We had some great teams come together this year who helped remove almost four tons of trash from local waterways,” KLB executive director Amy Wells said. “I am so thankful for the volunteers who came out and showed tremendous effort to tackle some very difficult spots in our community. We also had some great onsite volunteers who helped make the event fun for everyone who attended.”

In addition to the cleanup, an educational expo was held onsite where volunteers learned about recycling, watersheds and community programs. Girl Scout troop 8422 also helped seed 80 pounds of wildflowers at Lake Park, which will bloom in the spring.

KLB awarded trophies to the groups who collected the most trash. EA Engineering won for adult small group with more than bags collected, and the NCTC Environmental Biology Group and One Community Church tied for the adult large group category with 24 bags each. For the youth categories, Girl Scout Troops 3533/4910 won the large youth group category, picking up 46 bags of trash. Most trash collected for youth small category was Globally Green from Flower Mound High School, who collected 12 bags. EA Engineering also collected the “Most unusual item found” trophy with an empty trombone case and a $100 bill found in a creek. Runner up for most unusual went to the Olsen family, who found a refrigerator door without the rest of the fridge.

KLB would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to clean our waterways and help make this event a success. Keep Lewisville Beautiful would like to thank of the volunteers, educational vendors, board members, city staff that assisted, and sponsors that made this event possible. Sponsors of this event include City of Lewisville, Waste Management, Republic Waste Services, Downing and Rink PLLC, Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, HEB Central Market, and Lowe’s. Donors included: LLELA, Parks and Leisure Services, Salvation Army, Marco’s Pizza, Waste Management, Schlotzsky’s, Dairy Queen, DATCU and Keep Texas Beautiful. A special thank you goes 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 the organization, visit www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org, email info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org or call the office at 972-538-5949.

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