Lake Havasu City’s beaches are relatively clean thanks to efforts by the Lake Havasu Marine Association and partnering organizations, and their diligence hasn’t been unappreciated.
For the past 10 years, the Marine Association has conducted its “trash bag program, installing posts at locations along Havasu’s coast and stocking them with thousands of trash bags. This year, Republic Waste Services awarded the Marine Association $15,000 in grants to continue its efforts.
Republic Services General Manager Matt Kross says the grant represents a larger contribution to its long-term community partnership with Havasu.
“We wanted to help our community partners,” Kross said. “Our company really likes what the Marine Association has been doing and its commitment to the Lake. We know that Lake Havasu is the reason we exist, and we appreciate what the Marine Association has been doing to protect it.”
The grants will be used to pay the Marine Association’s operating costs, which includes the use of boats to pick up trash along the channel, the purchase of bags, the creation and installation of new bag posts – about $275 each – and other expenses.
“We’ve been a part of the Havasu community for many years, and we’ll be a part of the community for many more years to come,” Kross said. “This is a long-term relationship. We don’t want to just do our jobs – we want to be a community partner … the Marine Association had to apply for this grant, and our corporation was overwhelmed by what they do for this community. We know they’ll use those funds well.”
According to Marine Association President Jim Salscheider, the Marine Association’s trash bag program will only grow as development of the lake continues.
“Arizona State University students were helping us to clean the beaches as part of their community project, and that we’re going to be installing trash bag posts at the new marina at the Havasu Riviera.” Salscheider said. “We’ve also been talking with the Chemehuevi Indian tribe, and we’re going to be installing some trash bag posts at their new marina as well.”
According to Salscheider, more than 1.3 million such bags were used by hundreds of thousands of Havasu locals, tourists, spring breakers, boaters and other beachgoers since 2008.
• By BRANDON MESSICK Bmessick@havasunews.com

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