Organizers Decrease Hinkson Clean Sweep Locations and Volunteers

6 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Friday, October 11 2013 Oct 11, 2013 Friday, October 11, 2013 2:17:00 PM CDT October 11, 2013 in News
By: Alyssa Caruso, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The 10th annual Hinkson Clean Sweep volunteer event Saturday will not cover as much of Columbia and will only use about half as many volunteers compared to last year.

The event allows volunteers to help pick up any litter that goes into storm drains which flow into local streams and watersheds.

Mike Heimos, stormwater educator for Columbia, oversees the event and said the cut in locations and volunteers was necessary in order to make it easier to manage and uphold the safety of the volunteers.

Last year's cleanup covered six different locations and had close to 600 volunteers. This year there will be five locations and 250 to 300 volunteers.

"I've got to keep people's safety in mind. Last year when we had 600, it was a lot of people. Everyone was safe, but it's a lot to organize and I have to keep in mind getting everybody out and back," Heimos said.

Heimos said he was being overly ambitious about last year's event.

"It's different, if it was a street cleanup you can do that, but when you are talking about smaller areas, I think for safety reasons it was good to go to 250 people," Heimos said.

Despite the cleanup event picking up nearly two tons of trash from waterways in Columbia last year, Heimos said he hasn't seen a decrease of trash in the waterways of Columbia.

"Unfortunately this is America," Heimos said. "We'll go to a location we haven't been to in six months and we see twice as much as before. It's everyone's responsibility to remember please don't litter. It goes to our local waterways."

Vanessa Steen goes to Flat Branch Park near the Flat Branch Creek often and said it is great that there are volunteers willing to pick up trash at the various locations.

"I think it's especially important to help keep our neighborhoods clean and looking good," said Steen. She said a clean city will make more people want to go to places like Flat Branch Park.

With fewer volunteers, event organizers still predicted the volunteers would pick up just as must trash as the group did last year.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY - The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals upheld a ruling Tuesday that the city of Columbia acted... More >>
43 minutes ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:14:36 PM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
HOWARD COUNTY - A 30-year-old Armstrong, Mo. man is dead after a two person crash on Missouri State Highway 5... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:38:00 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in Top Stories
(CNN) - Despite dips in recent years in gun violence and the sanctioned stay-at-home orders, Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:54:36 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:29:00 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
CHARITON COUNTY —A tornado briefly touched down in Chariton County just after 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 9:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
O’FALLON — Missouri’s health director issued a dire warning Monday after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 8:39:29 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic sidelining all youth sports from play, one local coach decided to get some practice... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 5:57:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Boone County will move to the next step in reopening Tuesday. Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 5:17:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- When schools shut down because of the coronavirus , some parents of children with ADHD found themselves in... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 4:55:44 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY — U.S. states are spending billions of dollars buying protective medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis,... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 4:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 4:00:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The American Veterans Center has hosted the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. for 15 years. But... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 3:18:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The location of the annual Memorial Day ceremony may have changed, but the meaning of it stayed... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 3:09:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia staple, Ernie's Cafe & Steakhouse is finally able to open doors to customers after closing down for... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 11:06:00 AM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Police are investigating a report of shots fired in north Columbia that left one injured early Monday morning. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 7:42:00 AM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
FULTON - This year, some popular Memorial Day festivities were canceled because of COVID-19, but one Fulton tradition was not... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 24 2020 May 24, 2020 Sunday, May 24, 2020 7:03:00 PM CDT May 24, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Clothing donations to the Salvation Army are increasing during the pandemic. During the past few months, many... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 24 2020 May 24, 2020 Sunday, May 24, 2020 4:17:00 PM CDT May 24, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
1pm 80°
2pm 79°
3pm 79°
4pm 80°