If Pymatuning Lake looks a little cleaner these days, thank a duck hunter and a paddler.
Volunteers from the Allegheny Chapter of Delta Waterfowl and Paddle Without Pollution recently collaborated on a cleanup of the lake. Working on the water and around the shoreline, they found and removed about a dozen bags worth of trash, along with a small plastic sled, a rusty tree stand and nine tires.
The day even ended with some fun. The volunteers had lunch and some won prizes, such as a print donated by artist Larry Beckstine, who is local to the Pymatuining area, and gift cards.
Both groups have additional activities planned for the future.
Paddle Without Pollution has three cleanups on tap yet this year: one on Sept. 19 in Erie as part of Coastal Cleanup Day, one on Sept. 26 at Allegheny Islands State Park and in Oakmont as part of National Public Lands Day, and one on Oct. 10 in downtown Pittsburgh. Would-be volunteers can register here.
The Allegheny Chapter of Delta Waterfowl, meanwhile, will hold its annual banquet on Jan. 9 at South Hills Country Club. Details are being finalized and will be announced later.
Volunteers who took part in the cleanup of Pymatuning State Park gather for a group photo after a hard day’s work.