For the week of Earth Day, we hosted 3 volunteer clean up events around our watershed and then held one clean up event in early May. During these events, over 100 volunteers picked up around 600lbs of trash to celebrate Earth Day and to care for our lake.
On April 19th, the Wildflower Spa at Seasons picked up close to 100lbs of trash and litter along the Sand Creek Trail and cleaned up under the Cedar Street Bridge. For Earth Day, April 22nd, the Pend Oreille Winery picked up over 270lbs of garbage along the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail, including old rusty metal, piles of dog poop, 2 tires, and part of an old car. Then on Saturday April 24th, LPOW hosted our annual Shoreline Clean Up at City Beach, which was open to the whole community. Despite the forecast calling for rain, over 75 people showed up to clean up City Beach and the Sand Creek area and filled the dumpster at City Beach! Finally, on May 4th, the Evans Brothers Coffee crew picked up over 80lbs of trash along Dog Beach in less than an hour!
We wanted to give our wholehearted thanks to everyone who came to these clean up events and did their part to preserve our natural resources. Our amazing volunteers dug up plastic buried in the sand, picked up microtrash, hauled tires away from the water, lugged around heavy bags bursting with garbage, adventured to new spots along the shoreline, brought their own reusable gloves, took care of their own garbage so they could reuse their bag, cheered on other volunteers, and showed their love for Lake Pend Oreille.
We also wanted to give a special thanks to Evans Brothers Coffee for providing free coffee for our volunteers, the City of Sandpoint for supporting our clean up, providing large garbage bags, and taking care of the trash, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for donating bright yellow bags that were easy for kids to use, Jimmy Matlosz of The Idaho Film Company for documenting the event and interviewing volunteers, Bob Foster of Foster On Media for filming the event for our educational video series, Joel Manfred of Drone Solutions, LLC for bringing his drone to capture the event from above, Captain Dan for bringing his treasure chest full of goodies for the kids, and to everyone who helped get the word out!
We loved seeing everyone working together and were so thankful to have had such an incredible turnout! We are incredibly grateful for the support of our community and we really appreciate your dedication to keeping our watershed clean. We’ll see you all on the water this summer!