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On Saturday, April 18, the Irving Lake Association held its annual spring cleanup of Lake Vilbig, an event, along with the fall cleanup, that has taken place for over 20 years.  Another long standing tradition is the partnership with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB), which provides supplies – litter pickers, trash and recycle bags, gloves and safety vests – for the volunteers who take boats, canoes and kayaks out on the lake to collect litter.  KIB also coordinates with the Hunter Ferrell Landfill to allow access and provide weights of materials collected.  The volunteers were joined by members of KIB’s North Lake College Service Learning team who helped to make the south Irving lake cleaner and more beautiful for not just the people who live on Lake Vilbig, but also for the fish and other wildlife who call it home.  The group collected over 1,000 pounds of trash and recyclable material from the lake and shoreline, as well as two small boats and 200 pounds of wood. 

 

“Our relationship with the Irving Lake Association has been an enjoyable and mutually beneficial partnership over the years,” said KIB Board Member Arnold Martin. “They really care about Lake Vilbig and work hard to keep it clean and environmentally healthy.  It’s a pleasure to support their efforts, and it’s also nice to be able to offer our student volunteers an opportunity to assist in the cleanups.”

 

 

     Keep Irving Beautiful is a non-profit, grassroots, leadership organization dedicated to educating our community about litter abatement, recycling, and beautification in order to help preserve the health and promote the social and economic prosperity of our city.  To find out how you can volunteer, go to www.keepirvingbeautiful.org or call the KIB office at 972-721-2175.

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