Trash Cleanup Underway on Lake Minnetonka Following 4th of July

July 05, 2018 06:26 PM

Communities across the Twin Cities were cleaning up from the Fourth of July on Thursday.

Volunteers and Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies were out on Lake Minnetonka collecting trash. They came back with about a third of what they normally collect.


Gabriel Jabbour, the Tonka Bay Marina owner, said in years past there have been piles of trash.

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 "You couldn’t see the top deck of the barge, it was another 2 feet to 3 feet higher," Jabbour said. "We literally had to get almost a 10-yard dumpster to take it out."

The sheriff’s office said there are a couple of reasons why there was less trash.

"It wasn't as busy yesterday as it was pervious years," said Mary Radtke, a special deputy sergeant for the sheriff’s office. "We think part of that is just because it was on a Wednesday and that the next couple days are actually going to be quite a bit busier."

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Radtke said boaters are also more aware of the harmful effects of littering.

Six divers recovered trash, including bottles, cans, American flags, sunglasses and even an iPhone.

Volunteers will be back out on the lake through Monday.

The trash will be sorted at the Tonka Bay Marina by employees. They plan to separate out recyclables.

There is also a lost and found of valuables. To recover an item that was lost, call the sheriff’s office or the Marina.


Callan Gray

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