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DECATUR — Mike and Chris Delatte have fond memories from their youth of days invested fishing on Lake Decatur.

Still devoted anglers, the bros, 37 and 40, take pleasure in handing down their understanding to their children, however fishing lessons surpass the fundamentals of casting and hooking bait. On Saturday, the lesson was how to do your part as an angler by assisting get garbage and litter.



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Volunteers assist get garbage Saturday near Lake Decatur Dam.


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“We grew up on this lake and we wanted to make it part of our family again,” stated Chris Delatte. “It’s fishing line, you know, it’s Styrofoam and unfortunately beer cans and bottles that could hurt the kids, because we want to take them out fishing, too. So that’s important to us.”

Their children, 12-year-old Clara and 9-year-old Kerrigan, and other buddies comprised the group that invested the day getting garbage around Lake Decatur Dam. However they were simply a couple of who participated in clean-up efforts Saturday, as over 100 volunteers take part in the trash-picking-up occasion arranged by 54-year-old Steve Nichols, a regular Decatur angler. 

Clean-up efforts were prepared after low water levels in the lake exposed lots of locations cluttered with disposed of products like fishing line, lead, plastic and aluminum cans. Volunteers at first collected for an instruction at 11 a.m. listed below the Lake Decatur Dam on West Lincoln Park Drive where products of garbage bags, orange vests and gloves were distributed. 

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.