Drought allows unique opportunity for saturday morning cleanup

Area high school volunteers leave only oyster shells in Oyster Creek after Saturday’s trash pick-up at Lost Creek Park. Pictured in the photo are Praniet Chopra, Dhvani Desai, Rahma and Moiz Khalid, Alyssa Liu, Samuel Paniagua, Rennee Pena, Cassie Wann, Linh-Thoai Le and Sean Liu. Many of the volunteers were part of a youth community service group called Generation.

Enough trash and debris to fill 70 large trash bags was collected from Oyster Creek on Oct. 1.

Thirteen volunteers from local high schools and Serve Sugar Land spent the morning in Lost Creek Park picking up bottles, cans, tires and other debris from the creek. Many of the teens were part of a youth humanitarian program formed by Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and Generation, a non-profit organization focusing on local and international volunteer outreach.

While Oyster Creek is dry, the city is taking this opportunity to remove years of trash from the banks and the creek bottom.

Dry creeks and lakes are being seen throughout Texas due to the extreme drought conditions. Although nothing found on the creek bed Oct. 1 was as old as the dinosaur footprints seen in Lake Grapevine, the age of some of the trash was evident by glass bottles that were found.

“When was the last time you saw Listerine in a glass bottle?” asked Kimberly Terrell, Sugar Land Parks and Recreation employee. “Now, about all that is left in the bottom of the creek in the area that was cleaned are the oyster shells that give the creek its name.”

The city hired contractors to remove some of the larger debris in the parks, but volunteers will be continuing efforts in Lost Creek and Oyster Creek Park in the coming months, as long as the low water levels allow access.

For more information on volunteering for Serve Sugar Land, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov or call the Volunteer Program Office at (281)275-2329.

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