Nebraskans visiting or living in the metro area are urged to take part in the clean up effort at Zorinsky Lake. (zore-IN-skee) Karie Decker is with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Invasive Species Program and says a tremendous effort has gone into getting rid of zebra mussels that invaded the lake last year.
“It’s a clean up and educational event. We’ll provide everything, gloves and all the containers that you need.”
Decker says all volunteers will have to attend a program prior to the clean up.
“For the first hour you come and get a free breakfast and learn about zebra mussels and why we drained the lake and then stick around and help clean up the lake.”
Decker says those interested in the process of getting rid of zebra mussels may also attend but she hopes they stick around and help with the clean up.
“Stick around and help clean up the lake so it is ready for rehabilitation this summer.”
The lake was drained because of the invasion of zebra mussels and it is scheduled to be refilled soon.
The breakfast will start at 8 am Saturday followed by the information on the clean up. Volunteers should wear work shoes or boots and long pants. Enter at the 156th and F turnoff to the Zorinsky Aquatic Center and then head to the boat dock and picnic area.