FREMONT – Crews have been hard at work to restore safe access to the Fremont Lakes SRA, but it’s a big job. On April 27th, park-goers will have the opportunity to volunteer their time to help the park get back to normal.
Saturday, April 27th from 9AM to 12PM (weather permitting) the public is invited to attend a volunteer clean up event at the Fremont Lakes to help remove debris and litter to tidy the park after the mess left by the floodwaters.
Lake 20, one of the most popular swimming lakes at the state recreation area, is of special concern to many. “Of all the lakes, that probably took the biggest hit,” Jeff Fields, Regional Park Superintendent, explained. While lake 20 might not be one of the first areas open, that lake will be repaired. “They’re moving forward with fixing the south break,” said Bill Booth, Park supervisor. “We should be starting to work on the breach that was on the south bank as early as next week.” The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission will hold informational meetings and hopefully make arrangements to fix the east bank break – this breach affects both state owned and privately owned property. The west breach of Lake 20, on county road 19, has already been patched.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission still has a goal of May 1st for reopening the Fremont Lakes, and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will be retesting the water throughout the park during the week leading up to the clean up event.
To register as a volunteer for the Fremont Lakes SRA clean up event, please go to http://outdoornebraska.gov/volunteerform/ and specify that you would like to help out at the Fremont Lakes SRA clean up day.
Volunteers should wear thick soled shoes and weather / clean-up appropriate clothing. If you have work or garden gloves, rakes, shovels or other outdoor clean-up tools, you are encouraged to bring those items, too. Donations of trash bags will also be put to use at the clean up day – just bring your donation with you. “We’re hoping to make a fun day out of it,” said Booth. “We’ll have t-shirts [to give to volunteers] and hope to provide lunch. It’s a good opportunity to shake off those winter blues.”