What better way to welcome spring than by helping the environment, said Kenneth Schoen, president of the Lake Stillhouse Hollow Cleanwater.

From 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Schoen and other local volunteers will comb the south side of Stillhouse Hollow Lake Dam at Chalk Ridge Park for the first of four annual trash pickup events held at various parks around the lake.

The site was chosen because it is one of the area’s most beautiful recreation sites and also one of the most littered, Schoen said.

Each year, Schoen and his grass-roots nonprofit engage in four cleanup events at major public access facilities on Stillhouse Lake, such as Chalk Ridge Park, Dana Peak Park and Cedar Knob Park.

“They’re notoriously dirty,” Schoen said.

One year volunteers removed 13 tires that had been dumped in the lake near Cedar Knob Park on the west side of the lake.

Schoen said he has already recruited Cub Scout groups and adult volunteers for the event, which is open to the public.

Lake Stillhouse Hollow Cleanwater will provide gloves and water for all volunteers.

“The more people the better,” Schoen said.

The event will be the first cleanup since Schoen cut the ribbon on the new Cleanwater headquarters, located east of Killeen.

“Even though we’ve been doing this for 10 years now we actually have a home-home,” Schoen said. “Now I can actually have people out there and show them what I’m doing with rainwater harvesting and wildlife.”

Volunteers may sign in to help at the trailhead in the Chalk Ridge parking lot, located about three miles south of U.S. Highway 190 on Farm-to-Market 1670, locally known as Stillhouse Hollow Dam Road.

“There’ll be plenty of signage. They’ll know we’re there to clean up,” Schoen said.

Contact Brandon Janes at bjanes@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7552

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