Ky.’s waterways serve many functions, must be respected

Kentuckians are truly blessed to have some of the prettiest streams, rivers and lakes in the country.

Kentucky is among the states with the most miles of shoreline in the country. Many residents in our state use these waterways for fishing and other forms of recreation, such as boating, canoeing, kayaking and duck hunting. The lakes and dams, especially, are extremely important as some of them provide us with the electricity we use on a daily basis.

We want to see our waterways and lakes free of trash and debris, but unfortunately some people simply don’t care about keeping these bodies of water clean. They throw cups, soda and beer cans, garbage and other items into our waterways, not thinking of the harm this does to our drinking water and to the ecosystem and species in these bodies of water. Those who do this really have no business being on the water, because they show no respect for it.

Thankfully, we have people in the area who do care about our waterways and about keeping them clean.

The annual Trashmasters event on Barren River Lake has been a huge asset in cleaning up the lake and the shoreline in the 28 years since it began.

On Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., people will gather at various places around the lake to pick up trash that people have unfortunately left there over the past year.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking people to help with registration, driving pontoon boats, shuttling people back and forth and picking up trash. The corps especially needs pontoons.

Those who own pontoon boats will receive a $40 gas card for their services or two nights free camping at any of the corps’ campgrounds at the lake. There will also be a special prize drawing for pontoon boat drivers, which includes a $250 grand prize. The corps is also providing tarps for boats and a boat rinsing station. There will be a free lunch after the cleanup.

These are all pretty good incentives to go out to the lake and be a part of these cleanup efforts.

Aside from the incentives offered by the corps, it’s simply a great cause to get all of the trash possible out of Barren River Lake. It’s a beautiful lake and we want to keep it that way, which is why events like this are so important.

We urge people to get out that day and get involved in helping clean up Barren River Lake.

Bowling Green Daily News

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