Killeen will host its annual waterway cleanup event Saturday in an effort to “Killeen up” Lowes Boulevard Creek.
Roxanne Flores, youth programs director for Volunteer Services, said Keep Killeen Beautiful organizes the cleanup annually in conjunction with Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s initiative to get communities across the state to clean up polluted waterways.
“We clean up the waterway in front of Walmart because a lot of that water flows into our streams, and it can pollute the environment,” she said. “A lot of times bags from the stores in that area get into the creek. It doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing, but more importantly we do it for health reasons, and to increase the quality of life for our citizens.”
Flores said a “couple hundred” volunteers usually attend the event, and the number continues to climb every year.
“The biggest thing is educating the community about the waterways. A lot of people don’t realize how polluted it is until they are down there cleaning it up,” she said. “Every year the number (of volunteers) increases because they go back and tell their families and friends about the how dirty the creek was, and then they make better choices about the environment.”
Volunteers meet at 8 a.m. in the Killeen Walmart parking lot, 1400 Lowes Blvd.
Flores said volunteers are encouraged to register before the event, but anyone can show up ready to clean the creek.
To register, call 254-501-7878 or go to killeentexas.gov/volunteer.