Representatives from the Lake Allatoona Association are hoping the city of Woodstock will take action to help contain trash getting into the lake, after collections from a six-month study yielded hundreds of pounds of trash from Noonday Creek.
A study conducted between Sept. 1 and Feb. 28 found a sizable amount of trash that flows into Lake Allatoona comes from Noonday Creek, Lisa Hartsfield and Craig Myers told the Woodstock City Council Monday.
The organization placed a temporary trash boom, a floating barrier to contain trash, on the creek, which kept the trash from flowing further downstream, while volunteers would make regular visits to the boom and remove the collected trash from Noonday Creek during the study. Over the course of the study, a total of around 850 pounds of trash was removed from the waterway. Items pulled from the boom included 588 plastic bottles, a variety of soccer and tennis balls, Styrofoam objects, shoes, building materials and plastic bags. However, there was trash that had been caught in the boom while the creek level was higher, but had become dislodged and made it into the lake when the levels went down before being removed from the boom. These trash items were not included in the numbers collected through the study.
“This is a small part of a large project,” Myers said.
Based on the findings from the study, Hartsfield and Myers recommended the purchase of an improved boom system on Noonday Creek, one with a higher barrier to reduce the amount of trash getting past the boom when creek levels rise and would cost about $5,000. Hartsfield and Myers said the Lake Allatoona Association was willing to work with the city to help obtain installation materials from some of its partnering marinas and would get some of its volunteers to help city workers install the new boom.
Council members did not formally approve the new boom system, but did express the desire in having it included in next fiscal year’s budget.
“I would be very interested in this,” Councilman David Potts said.