PAUL LAKE — Several truckloads of garbage and debris were hauled to the transfer station after volunteers went on an annual lakeshore cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 10.
I joined them and patrolled the lakeshore on the south side, finding chocolate bar wrappers, odd bits of paper and plastic and cups, and fished several beer cans out of the water. I also made a run to the transfer station with a truck full of garbage.
Part of an old dock was winched up to the shore piece by piece, and the rotten Styrofoam that had been keeping it afloat was removed from the lake. The Styrofoam is deadly to fish when it breaks up and is eaten.
Organizer Sue Carey said less material was collected this year than the past couple of years, which is a good sign because it means less mess is accumulating.
Volunteers at Gottfriedson Estates also joined in this year to tidy up their side of the lake.