Cedar Creek Clean-up Day set for Sept. 22

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 29, 2012

Tarrant Regional Water District Kiwanis speakers

Monitor Photo/Robyn Wheeler
Tarrant Regional Water District public relations coordinator Kari Schmidt (from left), office secretary Bianka Rodriguez and reservoir manager Buckley Butler speak to Kiwanis members at the Jalepeno Tree restaurant in Gun Barrel City Aug. 22.

By Robyn Wheeler
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–Kiwanis members were one of the first to hear about the upcoming cleanup event sponsored by Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD). Reservoir manager Buckley Butler told members that though the district doesn’t treat water for drinking purposes, it is responsible for the maintenance of reservoirs, which includes policing the area of trash and debris that can easily be blown into the lake.
The Cedar Creek Cleanup, now in its 14th year, typically attracts the participation of various service clubs, church groups, scouting troops and those concerned about their environment for a morning of trash pickup along the shorelines and roads surrounding the lake, public relations coordinator Kari Schmidt said. Participants register for the event, which takes place from 8:30 – 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and are provided with trash bags, gloves, orange vests and T-shirts. The filled trash bags are picked up along the side of the road by co-sponsorship of the Texas Department of Transportation.
“Last year 615 volunteers picked up 500 bags of trash at 25 pounds each,” Schmidt said.
Cleanup crews are rewarded for their labor with a barbecue luncheon at Tom Finley Park, located between Gun Barrel City and Seven Points beginning at 11 a.m. Informational booths, entertainment, face painting, door prizes and other attractions are all part of the after-party.
“It really is a lot of fun, and impacts our communities and residents for days and years to come,” Butler said.
Radio Disney and Carter BloodCare, along with other sponsors, will also attend the community-wide event at Finley Park. Partners in the event include the Environmental Co-op, Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District, Henderson County Commissioner precincts 1 and 2 and The Monitor.
Register on-line at or call (903) 432-2814. Once registered, group leaders may pick up cleanup supplies at the TRWD office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, or at Tom Finley Park the day of the event. The TRWD office is located at 6613 Ashby Lane in Trinidad.
The TRWD is not only responsible for the Cedar Creek Lake reservoir but for six others as well including Lake Benbrook, Lake Arlington, Lake Fort Worth, Eagle Mountain, Bridgeport and Richland-Chambers. Butler said the water levels are in good shape with Cedar Creek Lake and Richland-Chambers, the two largest reservoirs in the TRWD district, being only two feet below standard pool.
“We are a nonprofit organization that sells raw water,” Butler said. “We pretreat the water with chlorine, ammonia and sodium peroxide to get rid of algae,” he added.
TRWD is also responsible for operating floodways, reservoir maintenance and the issuance of improvement permits for dock, damns, etc.
Butler also addressed the issue of alligators and zebra mussels in Cedar Creek Lake.
“We’ve had alligator sightings around the Pinnacle Club and Enchanted Oaks,” Butler said.
“But the odds of seeing them are low,” he added.
As for the zebra mussels, Butler states the TRWD is currently partnering with other government agencies to study the mollusk and retrieve samples from all of its reservoirs.
“So far, nothing has been detected in Cedar Creek Lake, not even larvae,” Butler said.
“It is still very important to clean all boats and props when taking a water craft in and out of the water,” he added.
In other news, Rotarians heard:
• The Tabs for Tots project is continuing. Members are reminded to pull tabs from single serving beverage cans and save them for collection.
• Kiwanis members will take a group of kids shopping for school clothes and supplies sometime in October.
• Disaster Relief Backpacks are being prepared for $10 each and will contain disaster relief necessities. The backpacks will be given to local fire and police departments.