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Volunteers Needed

8/19/2013 2:04:27 PM

Contact: Krystal Epperson, 562-4803

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 16, 2013

Contact: Krystal Epperson

(727) 562-4803

Clearwater Needs Volunteers Help to Clean Up Large Amounts of Trash

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department is looking for 30 to 50 volunteers interested in helping city staff to clean up a large amount of trash including plastic and glass bottles and grocery bags, on Saturday, Aug. 24. The project will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.

The area is located near the corner of U.S. 19 and State Road 590, in a wooded area of city property. Parking will be available at the Super 8 Motel, located at 22950 U.S. 19, Clearwater.

It’s important to remove the trash from the area because it is next to a lake which feeds into Alligator Creek; Alligator Creek flows through several of Clearwater’s parks. By removing the trash at this site prior to it getting washed into the lake, we will prevent water pollution downstream. Trash is a hazard to many animal species, including fish, turtles, and birds who assume the refuse is food. Also, the cadmium and lead from batteries can enter the environment and accumulate in food crops and edible fish as well as appear in drinking water and the air we breathe.

Long pants and long sleeves are recommended, close-toed shoes (rubber or work boots if you have them) are required. Bug spray is also recommended. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

To sign up, visit myclearwater.com/parksvolunteer. If you have any questions, call (727) 562-4803.

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