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Lake Area News: Officials embarking on anti-littering campaign in the Iowa Great Lakes

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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV) - A group is hoping to make the Iowa Great Lakes cleaner and safer for residents.

A lake area environmental group is embarking on an anti-littering campaign.

Mary Skopec, the president of the Okoboji Protective Association, says they're trying to reduce the amount of trash going into the Iowa Great Lakes, a problem that's been growing in recent years.

”We hope to raise that awareness to try and get people to take something, a bag out with them, when they go on the water to make sure that they catch any of their waste before it blows into the lake," said Skopec. "And then we hope to work with some of those local dive operations to maybe even do some underwater cleanup in areas that are heavily hit with recreation and to pick up any of that litter and other things that may have sunk to the bottom of the lake."

Officials say they're getting the word out now before the big rush of the 4th of July holiday.

Trash has been accumulating in the Iowa Great Lakes all year around. Events like the Winter Games also see people leaving litter at the lake.

Officials say most are responsible about cleaning up after themselves, but there are still plenty who are not.

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