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Volunteers cleaning up Cove’s creeks Saturday

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful volunteers will clean up portions of the city again less than a month after its Texas Trash-Off event.

“We usually try to do at least one of these (waterway cleanups) a year,” said Silvia Rhoads, noting Saturday’s event will focus on the city’s creeks and drainage ways.

People don’t think of Copperas Cove as having waterways since there isn’t any lake or major rivers, but it does, said Adam Wolf, a KCCB board member.

“We do have a lot of waterways even though we don’t live by a large river or lake,” Rhoads said.

There are plenty of creeks and drainage ways that collect litter in the banks and carry trash downstream, Rhoads said.

“They collect a lot of trash and there is wildlife there,” Wolf said. “Anytime it rains, stuff gets washed down into the creek bed. ... All this stuff that goes into them eventually gets to the lakes where we get our drinking water.”

KCCB has conducted several waterway cleanups since it has been in operation. Last year, 37 volunteers helped clear a portion of a creek on South Farm-to-Market 116 and City Park. The group also cleaned the drainage ditch near Georgetown Road. It collected 660 pounds of litter last year.

On the heels of breaking a city record for having more than 100 volunteers at the Texas Trash-Off on April 6, which collected 1,400 pounds of litter, Rhoads said she hopes more volunteers show up at the waterway cleanup than they have in previous years.

This year, the group will focus on the majority of the creek bed that runs along South FM 116.

“If everyone just cleaned up after themselves, it would be a lot better,” Wolf said, “but since they don’t, they should come out and help.”

Wolf, who has participated in multiple waterway cleanups, said previous volunteers have found tires, used oil filters and even a Guinea pig.

“We did a water cleanup at City Park, and my youngest boy and wife found him,” Wolf said. “I guess someone had let loose a pet Guinea pig, and they rescued it.”

If you go

What: Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful waterway cleanup

When: 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Meet at the GC Services parking lot, 332 W. U.S. Highway 190

Those who participate will get free sombreros and reusable grocery bags, along with doughnuts and coffee, if they arrive at 9 a.m.

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