JUNE LAKE LOOP, Calif. – Trash, from monofilament to old bait containers, will be picked up from Rush Creek, Silver Lake and down the canyon as far as Grant Lake by member club representatives of the Southwest Council Federation of Fly Fishers on Sat., June 25.
The Fifth Annual Rush Creek Cleanup is slated for 8 a.m.-noon, according to Joe Lemire, a member of the Streamborn Fly Fishing Club and SWC FFF representative.
The Southwest Council FFF is comprised of 22 local fly-fishing clubs.
Silver Lake Resort in the June Lake loop will provide a free barbeque lunch following the cleanup.
FFF club members and other volunteers will pick up and dispose of trash along an approximately five mile stretch of the Eastern Sierra along the shoreline of Silver Lake and Rush Creek from the power plant above Silver Lake down the canyon to Grant Lake.
“We’ve previously filled as many as 60 trash bags on our Rush Creek cleanup; this year we expect haul out 30 to 40,” Lemire said.
Club volunteers are expected to carry out coolers, sun glasses, broken bottles, automobile hub caps, hundreds of feet of fishing line, hooks, lures and bobbers that are a death trap to wildlife.
“If enough volunteers show up this year, we can continue down the canyon and impact the environment as far as the Gull Lake area” said Lemire.
To anglers who will be in the area and want to volunteer, meet at the Silver Lake boat ramp at 8 a.m.; bring gloves, hat, sun screen, trash pick-up sticks, boots and waders if you have them. Trash bags will be provided by Silver Lake Resort.
For information, contact Lemire at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 909-609-1101.