Easter Lake and Yeader Creek Fall Cleanup 2022
Easter Lake Park Stewards Remove over 6 Tons of Urban Litter
The Easter Lake Park Stewards is a volunteer lead group of dedicated individuals that donate their time to beautifying and improving the water quality of our watershed. What started as a single Yeader Creek Cleanup event, partnering with Polk County Conservation, City of Des Moines and Iowa Rivers Revival, grew into a multi month-long cleanup of Easter Lake and its main tributary, Yeader Creek. Over the course of four months, volunteers kayaked and walked along the banks and surrounding landscape as both a group and individual effort to procure a collective 6 tons of trash and debris between Easter Lake and Mckinley/SE 14th Street.
If you would like to become a member of the Easter Lake Park Stewards and aid in future efforts around the park such as maintenance of pollinator and rain gardens, invasive species removal and prairie seed collections, click here for more information.
Snapshots of the Litter and Debris Hauled Out by Volunteers at Easter Lake and Yeader Creek
August 8 - October 16
October 17 - October 31
November 1 - December 2
December 4 - December 14
Canoes & Kayaks Cruise The Open Waters
Bad Things in Small Packages
The ugly truth on confetti and cigarette butts
Many don’t realize that cigarette filters are made of plastic and are not biodegradable. They leach toxic chemicals that contaminate our water ways and harm the aquatic life that inhabit them and have been found in dead turtles, birds, fish and aquatic mammals. In an article published by University of California, it was determined that cigarette filters alone make up 30-38 percent of the waste found along shorelines and water ways.
Our parks are wonderful places to celebrate happy occasions such as weddings, birthdays and family reunions but the beautiful confetti used for these fleeting moments of happiness can leave behind a saddening aftermath. Not only does left over confetti pollute the environment, but the beautiful shine and colors capture not only our attention but also that of birds and other small creatures who readily ingest these small pieces, causing internal impaction that can eventually lead to starvation and death.
Volunteers Trek the Terrain in Search of Trash
As water rushes down our streets during rain events, large debris carried with it can get caught in the grates of our stormwater outlets, impairing their ability to convey water efficiently