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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Saratoga Lake, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA

Saratoga Lake, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA


Registered: February 2007
Posts: 1
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Saratoga Lake is located Southeast of the City of Saratoga Springs. The Lake is best known for sailing, rowing, outstanding bass fishing, water skiing, ice fishing, windsurfing and motor boating. Last week, my whole family came there for vacation.

When I got there, I was startled by the amount of garbage and waste on the lakeside, and its awful smell. Although it was so dirty, I still saw some innocent ducks on the lake. I felt they were so poor because human beings spoiled their habitats, yet they were unable to leave and move to other places. Therefore, I decided to clean up the lakeside. The amount of litter that I picked up was stunning. Two large plastic bags contained cans, bottles, plastic boxes, paper, batteries, paper bags etc. The most horrible thing was the feces in the lake. While I was cleaning the lakeside, a family was barbecuing. I told them not to leave any garbage there, yet at last, they did not do so. I was very disappointed because they were adults who were mature enough to determine the consequences of their actions; however, they were often the main destroyers to the natural environment.

In order to resolve the problem in Saratoga lake, I suggest the government to put more garbage cans over there. Moreover, there should be more notices indicating rules when using the lake. The government should also issue some brochures concerning the worsening environment.

This nature cleanup project gives me an opportunity to understand the severeness of the problem and the importance of protecting wildlife. Keeping a good habitat for animals is an easy, important but lasting process. The goal can not be reached unless everyone is willing to participate in it.
Date: March 14, 2007 Views: 12703 File size: 37.6kb : 350 x 263
Hours Volunteered: 5
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1.5
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 15
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