By Betty Wheeler
The annual Kasota Ponds Cleanup has been rescheduled again, this time from Saturday, April 21, to Saturday, April 28. The event was originally scheduled for April 14, but several snowstorms pushed the date out. Organizers thought the area would be too snowy to find trash and too slippery and wet to traverse the slopes. So mark April 28 on your calendar and get ready to be outside, meet your neighbors and help protect our water April 28, at 9 a.m.
Volunteers gather each spring to pick up debris near the ponds, near Highway 280. All ages are welcome. This year, local entomologist Margot Monson will have her microscopes on hand and kids in grades kindergarten through high school can discover what lives in the ponds.
Also, a representative from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization will explain the results of water quality monitoring at the ponds for several years.
Arrive Saturday morning (starting at 9 a.m.) at the NAPA Auto Parts parking lot 2530 Kasota Ave. (Go west on Kasota, under Highway 280, and take a left just past the railroad tracks).
Refreshments will be provided.
Bring gloves; extras will be available. Reflective vests will be provided for safety. Dress for the weather—boots are helpful.
The cleanup will be held rain or shine. But if severe weather happens (a thunderstorm, tornado or blizzard!), the event will be postponed (again).
You can find out more, at www.sapcc.org/event/2018-kasota-pond-clean-up.
Betty Wheeler is a member of the District 12 Environment Committee.