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Stream teams need boats, volunteers for cleanup

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Members of the Roubidoux Fly Fishers Association (RFFA) invites any and all Stream Teamers to assist with their annual cleanup on Aug. 30, just one of the volunteer crews who gather each year to clean up the messes left behind by others.

Members of the Roubidoux Fly Fishers Association (RFFA) invites any and all Stream Teamers to assist with their annual cleanup on Aug. 30, just one of the volunteer crews who gather each year to clean up the messes left behind by others.

The 5th Annual Taneycomo Lake Cleanup will be Saturday, Sept. 13, as teams of volunteers begin at 8 a.m. from either Branson RV Campground OR Empire Park at Forsyth and work their way downstream (or upstream from Empire Park) and then return to the start locations for lunch.

Once again volunteers from around the Ozarks are being asked to wade into the piles of trash left along lake and streams.  Last year, the Lake Taneycomo crews filled two 30-yard dumpsters.

In return, all volunteers will receive a free T-shirt as well as lunch and the satisfaction of helping, thanks in part to Empire District Electric Co., the City of Branson, Cooper Creek Resort & Campground, Dixie Stampede, LetsGoToBranson.com, and the Missouri Stream Team. Volunteers will be equipped with gloves and trash bags.

The largest need for the cleanup is boats to transport the volunteers to pick up trash. Lake Taneycomo has very little walkable shoreline so motor boats, canoes and even kayaks are needed to assist with the shoreline cleanup.

Volunteers can register online, www.trlwq.org, or call the Table Rock Lake Water Quality office at 417-739-4100.

There will also be an old TV and Electronics Recycling event at Empire Park in conjunction with the Taneycomo Lake Cleanup.  Thanks to MO Solid Waste District N and the Computer Recycling Center, 85 CRT televisions will be taken at no charge!  CRT disposal cost is normally $20, so sign up on the website to reserve a spot!

 

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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