Trash, debris seen floating in Laurel Lake after days of rain

WHITLEY CO., Ky. (WKYT) - A lot of the trash is just another example of the excessive rain the area has received, now boaters need to be aware of potential dangers and problems in Laurel Lake.

“I have noticed over the past 10 years a dramatic increase in the amount of trash flowing into Laurel Lake,” said boater Ron Bowling Thursday.

Bowling is a fisherman who loves taking his boat out on Laurel Lake, a usually scenic waterway straddling Whitley and Laurel Counties. He can’t help but noticing the excessive amount of debris that rivers and streams and fed into the lake in recent days.

“Bottles, all this stuff it doesn’t sink, it will be here when we are deceased,” he says.

There’s much more than just water and fish in the waterway.

“The amount of debris coming into the lake, it’s come to the point that we are going to have some help from the government,” he says.

Not just an aesthetic issue, a lot of this debris poses a serious safety risk.

“90% of the people that fish in the water, they use it after hours, after dark when it is hard to see trees and debris floating in the water, “ he said.

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