As I was writing today’s story about the upcoming Hickory Creek Cleanup this Saturday, Kent Oliver said something to me about his passion to keep the waterways clean.

I agree with him on this and encourage you to take a few hours and go to help the cause to keep the creek cleaned.

I went down there on Wednesday to see if there was some trash in the waterway and found some cups in the creek near the walk-over bridge in Morse Park.

I don’t like seeing litter, either on the creek banks or on the roadways. If I see trash, I will pick it up.

Years ago, the Neosho Lions Club adopted a highway, which ironically, was highway 60 going near Morse Park. My dad, who was a Lions Club member at the time, asked if I would go down with him on the particular Saturday and help cleanup the roadways with other club members. I did. We arrived shortly after 9 a.m. and walked up and down I believe a mile-stretch. I had gloves on, and carried a trash bag and picked up the trash. There were cans, Styrofoam cups, regular trash and other items. I was amazed on much trash can accumulate in the trash bag — it only took a few minutes. By two hours later, we had collected enough trash bags to fill two truckloads.

If we can keep the waterways, the parks and the roadways cleaned, I believe that more and more people will come and use the parks and waterways.
So I implore you to take some time and come out Saturday for the cleanup. If you can’t make it that day and you are down there on another day and see trash, pick it up.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at Follow him on twitter at  @toddghigdonNDN