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Message started by Lew_Riffle on Apr 20th, 2010, 6:36am

Post by Lew_Riffle on Apr 20th, 2010, 6:36am

June 26

Trash, from broken bottles to discarded baby buggies, will be picked up from Rush Creek, Silver Lake and down the canyon as far as Grant Lake by member club representatives of the SouthWest Council Federation of Fly Fishers on June 26.

The massive cleanup will take place from 8 a.m.-noon, according to Joe Lemire, a member of the Streamborn Fly Fishing Club and SWC FFF representative.

The SouthWest Council FFF is comprised of 24 local fly-fishing clubs.

Silver Lake Resort in the June Lake loop will provide a free barbeque lunch following the cleanup.

FFF club members will pick up and dispose of trash along an approximate five mile stretch of the Eastern Sierra along the shoreline of Silver Lake and Rush Creek from the power plant above Silver Lake down the canyon to Grant Lake.

Lemire said, “During the Federation of Fly Fishers’ initial cleanup of the same area in 2007, the result was approximately 60 bags of trash. Five members of the cleanup team spent over an hour on one snag cutting off hundreds of feet of fishing line, hooks, lures and bobbers that were a death trap to wildlife.”

At that time, trash-collecting volunteers found coolers, sun glasses, broken bottles, automobile hub caps, fishing equipment and a two way radio in the water. A smaller amount of trash is expected this year.

“If enough volunteers show up this year, we can continue down the canyon and impact the environment as far as the Gull Lake area” said Lemire.

Trash-collecting volunteers are asked meet at the Silver Lake boat ramp at 8 a.m. and bring gloves, hat, sun screen, trash pick-up sticks and waders if you have them. Trash bags will be provided by Silver Lake Resort.

For information, contact Lemire at or phone 909-609-1101.

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