PLAC Earth Day Events a Success Record turnout for Litter Pick-Up
Akron—On Saturday, April 23, the Portage Lakes Advisory Council (PLAC) hosted two Earth Day events that enabled residents of Coventry, Green and New Franklin to become part of the solution to greener living in their communities.
Over 75 people turned out to collect trash from the Portage Lakes State Park and adjacent lake. In spite of grey skies and temperatures in the 40s, PLAC Litter Pick-Up Organizer James Stewart remarked this was the largest number of volunteers he could remember in recent years.
This is the 30th year for the annual Litter Pick-Up Secchi Water Clarity Training Workshop was held by CLAM’s Susan James. While dozens of people scoured the park and even ventured out in kayaks to clean the lake banks, other volunteers took a Secchi Water Clarity Testing Workshop at the Franklin Park Civic Center Tudor House. Led by Citizen Lake Awareness & Monitoring (CLAM) instructor Susan James, the Secchi Disk workshop taught volunteers how to measure water transparency, which is an early-warning sign of negative effects on the lakes ecosystem. CLAM is a program of the nonprofit Ohio Lake Management Society. After an hour of instruction indoors, participants went outside and practiced taking Secchi measurements on the Tudor House dock. All the volunteers enjoyed a post-event complimentary pizza lunch at the Tudor House at the conclusion of the morning’s activities.