Nearly Two Tons Of Debris Collected During Annual Lake Sharpe Clean-up

(KCCR) — The 10th annual Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean has hauled in just shy of two-ton’s worth of items that shouldn’t have been in the river to start with. Event organizer Paul Lepisto says one-point-eight-eight tons of debris was collected. That includes over 21-hundred pounds of litter and trash, 840 pounds of lumber, 540 pounds of scrap metal and over 200 pounds of tires. The 98 volunteers rounded up over a thousand pounds more debris than in 2018. Lepisto says high runoff into the Missouri may have played a role in the larger numbers. Eleven boat crews and 10 land-based squads of garbage-getters took part in the Wednesday night activities. The clean-up is possible through the collective efforts of the Pierre Izaak Walton League Chapter, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department, U-S Army Corps of Engineers, the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre, state Corrections Department and Pierre Young Professionals. Volunteers collected trash from just above the Oahe Dam to the Farm Island Recreation Area. Planning for the 2020 clean-up is already underway.