Working with local, state, and federal partners, the League is coordinating the Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean Up in the Pierre-Fort Pierre area. Volunteers in boats and on land will pick up litter and debris along the river and bring it to Downs Marina for proper disposal the City of Pierre.
Through this annual event, volunteers have collected more than 16.5 tons of trash from upper Lake Sharpe since 2009. The clean-up offers an opportunity for people to give something back to a resource that means so much to the quality of life of residents and visitors to central South Dakota, making this reach of the Missouri River healthier for fish and wildlife and a more pleasing place for people to recreate.
The Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean-Up is a partnership of the Sunshine Chapter of the Izaak Walton League; the Central South Dakota Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited; South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the cities of Pierre and Fort Pierre; and many area businesses and organizations.
For more information or to volunteer, provide a boat or pontoon, or donate funds or other needed items to the Missouri River/Lake Sharpe Clean-Up, e-mail Paul Lepisto, IWLA Regional Conservation Coordinator, or call him at (605) 224-1770.