Community frustrated with litter piling up at Capitol Lake

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As more garbage covers the surface of Capitol Lake, residents living in nearby neighborhoods are asking the city for new technology to clear out the litter.

Marie Constantin, a woman living in Spanish Town just two streets away from the lake, says she fishes garbage out of the water every morning at dawn. It isn’t unusual for her to see shopping carts, tires and even toys floating on the lake’s surface. The debris mixes with loose sediment and sometimes forms a makeshift island in the middle of the water. Each time she removes a significant wad of debris, bad weather reverts the lake back to its former state of pollution.

She’s enlisted the help of neighbors and Facebook friends to remove the trash, but she says the trash continues to pile up almost every week. She’s almost reached her 400th bag.

“I think we’re up to 389 bags as of this morning,” Constantin said. “We’ve picked up since January.”

To Constantin, the issues surpasses neglected community beauty standards, it’s an environmental issue that’s bound to get even worse. She, and the volunteers have noted wildlife suffering from debris-ridden waters and seen pipes clogged from the litter.

“We don’t have to live like this,” Constantin says.

Her goal is to have the community purchase a hydro separator, a machine that cleans bodies of water by pushing the dirt up to the surface..

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