Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Keep highways litter-free

Keeping our roadways and neighborhoods clean is important and reflects the values that community members have about being good stewards of the environment.

I greatly appreciate Terry Friedlander bringing the adopt-a-highway clean up issue to our attention. This is a wonderful state-sponsored program that attends to the highway portions outside city limits.

Each spring the Environmental Resource Center and a slew of local business sponsors host Clean Sweep from Sun Valley to Bellevue, which cleans up tons of litter from neighborhoods and roads that are not included in the adopt-a-highway program.

In the spring, the ERC did clean up this section, but evidently it needs further attention. I can assure you that by the time you read this letter, the ERC's highway section will be pristine. I would also like to join Mr. Friedlander to encourage those organizations sponsoring highway sections to make sure their sections are clean.

Additionally, it is important for all drivers to secure their loads. Litter often results inadvertently when wrappers and lightweight cans take flight from a vehicle approaching highway speeds. Please take a moment and make sure your trash and recycling is secure.

Together we can be the good stewards that this beautiful state deserves.

Craig Barry

ERC executive director

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