LAKE BERRYESSA — Volunteers removed almost 500 pounds of trash from the shores of southern Lake Berryessa on Sunday at the fourth annual World Environmental Day cleanup.
About 60 volunteers started work at 9:30 a.m. to help get the lake ready for the summer season. They worked in temperatures that topped 102 degrees, an event press release said.
More trash got picked up than at any of the prior cleanup events, said Marianne Butler, Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership coordinator and Solano Resource Conservation District employee.
“Of course, the weather was really hot – but we were working in and near the water, and the picnic afterward was great,” Butler said in the press release.
The annual event is sponsored by the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership with funding from Anheuser-Busch/The River Network. The Bureau of Reclamation, Solano Resource Conservation District and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Fairfield organized the cleanup. Lake Berryessa Boat and Jet Ski Rental hauled away the trash. Markley Cove Resort provided space and other outdoor supplies for the picnic. Lorenzo’s Market of Winters provided lunch.
“This is becoming a wonderful annual event – it’s a great opportunity for people to demonstrate their care and appreciation for Lake Berryessa’s clean water and the incredible resource the lake provides,” said Linda Frazer, co-owner of Markley Cove Resort, in the press release.
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