Group has simple mission: Clean Herrington Lake

April 06, 2004|GARY MOYERS

BURGIN - A dedicated group of home and property owners at Herrington Lake spend time and money each year to make the scenic area a photogenic attraction.

Herrington Lake Conservation League was born in 1999 when property owners became concerned about the trash and debris cluttering up the water and shore.

"Our mission is simple; clean the lake," said Linda Alexander, secretary of the non-profit group and a property owner on the Garrard County side. "I moved here in July 2000, and when the water level went down later that summer, I was appalled at the amount of trash left essentially in my backyard. I found out about the conservation league, and I've been a member ever since."

The league sponsors two annual cleanup days and gets help from lake owner Kentucky Utilities, local government bodies and property owners.


"We get a lot of volunteers each time, especially from schools and civic groups," said Alexander, who moved to the lake after living in Washington, D.C., for many years. "The response has been very encouraging, but we still have a lot more to do."

Spring cleanup is May 8

The first cleanup was in April 2001, and workers volunteered their time for two days to remove trash. Alexander said tons of deteriorating Styrofoam from old docks were collected, and thousands of tires were removed and recycled by Garrard County Fiscal Court. The spring cleanup this year is May 8, and another will be held in the fall.

The biggest obstacle now, Alexander said, is the trash that requires contractor help for removal.

"That costs money," she said. "So, we have to conduct fund-raisers and solicit donations. We've done a pretty good job cleaning up the refuse that floats around on the lake itself or is deposited on the banks, but it's the junk in the trees and on steep banks that causes us problems."

Alexander said the board now attempts to maintain a paid contractor who works from the headwaters to the dam.

Some of the fund-raisers include selling lake calendars and holding a golf tournament, pig roast, boat raffle and charity auction.

Public forum set for April 28

The league has 16 board members, and its initial membership drive began by contacting the approximately 1,700 property owners at the lake. Board members consist of some who actually live year round at the lake, while a few live elsewhere and have property at the lake.

The league also holds public forums annually in which interested citizens are given the opportunity to voice opinions and concerns about lake projects and conditions. This year's forum is 7 p.m. April 28 at the Danville Convention Center.

"We do it because we love living here and coming here," said Alexander. "It is definitely a labor of love for us."

For more information about the Herrington Lake Conservation League or to join, contact Alexander at (859) 548-2257 or visit on the Web.

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