Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary Club prevents pollution

What do you do when the temperature drops, the wind kicks up and it’s a Saturday morning in Blaine?

That was the case Nov. 9 when cold weather greeted 16 volunteers of the Blaine-Ham Lake Rotary for their second environmental service project this year in partnership with the Coon Creek Watershed District. The group included seven U.S. Air Force recruits plus their recruiter, who is a Rotary member.

Rotary club members and USAF recruits removed about 800 pounds of debris from storm water pond areas Nov. 9. Submitted photo

Rotary club members and USAF recruits removed about 800 pounds of debris from storm water pond areas Nov. 9. Submitted photo

The cool temperature were soon forgotten as items, some of them heavy, were found near two storm water ponds southeast of Main Street and Highway 65. Items included an office chair, three large tires with rims, lumber, signposts, the smashed hood of a car, about 30 pounds of recyclables and 10 full trash bags.

All in all, about 800 pounds of trash material was hauled out of the woods, ponds and adjoining ditch in less than two hours.

This was the second cleanup effort this year for this partnership and the seventh since 2008. The partnership includes the city of Blaine, whose public works staff picks up the debris the following workday.

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