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Rains wash trash into area lakes

Posted April 16, 2009 4:13 p.m. EDT

— Recent rain has brought more than water to some area lakes, officials said, noting trash also is flowing into the lakes.

"When they throw that trash out of their window, it's going to wash down into something, and it's coming into this water basin," Coley Hughes, park manager at Lake Johnson in Raleigh. "When they're on the (Interstate 440) Beltline or even out here on ... Avent Ferry (Road), when they throw something out of the car, it washes down into Lake Johnson."

Much of the trash has been flowing steady through feeder streams lately, Hughes said.

Crews are dispatched daily to clean up the trash, but the amount of trash has been too much for them to keep up with lately, he said.

Volunteers are always welcome to help, and community service crews also spend a lot of time picking up trash at Lake Johnson, he said.