Lake Sharpe Clean-Up Planned For July 10th

(KCCR) — Plans are in the works for the 10th annual Lake Sharpe Clean-up. Paul Lepisto helps coordinate the event that has removed tons of debris and garbage from the Missouri River. He says over one hundred volunteers helped last year…

“And that brought the total to over 600 volunteers since we started the cleanup in 2009.  Nine boats and pontoons were on the water last year and with addition to many trucks and trailers that helped.  And as always people of all ages are welcome to help and historically this will be the 10th clean up in 11 years”
Lepisto says one-point-three-six tons or about 2700 pounds of waste was recovered from Lake Sharpe. He says they are seeing some numbers go down…

“Scrap metal, at least the last couple years, has gone down dramatically.  We have been picking up so little scrap metal the last few years that Val, in conversations with her, we decided not to even put a bin for scrap metal this year, so hopefully we’re not going to find a bunch of bed springs or or scrap metal and and live to regret that decision.  And the other one that’s been encouraging is the number of tires; has been going down every year which is great.  People are taking care of those the way they should be and not dumping those in areas along the river.”

Lepisto says the volunteer help is what really drives the success of the cleanup…

“You can organize this thing, but if nobody shows up to help, it’s gonna be a short night. so so…that slide that says over 600 people have taken part in the nine previous cleanups, really is a testimony to how much the Missouri River and Lake Sharpe mean to this community and to Central South Dakota so…that’s there where the credit goes is the clean-up marches on the backs of all those volunteers.”
Over the nine events so far over 19 tons of garbage had been removed from upper Lake Sharpe. The event has been shortened or not held only twice. It was shortened in 2016 due to severe weather and was not held in 2011 due to flooding.