Bad weather results in call for another cleanup of Lydgate ponds

WAILUA — Volunteers are needed for a repeat cleanup of the popular Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Park at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

“We had a cleanup last week by about a dozen of the military people here for Tropic Care Kaua‘i,” said John Lydgate, whose grandfather is the namesake of the park regularly frequented by local residents and tourists. “But the rains came back and so did all the runoff from the Wailua River.”

Tropic Care Kaua‘i spokesman Tommy Noyes said about a dozen of the military personnel who were not on duty for the free health care clinics open this week on the island spent about an hour last Saturday sprucing up the beach and ridding it of debris washed down by an earlier rainstorm.

“Tommy will be here Saturday, as well,” Lydgate said. “We’ll be having one of the roll-on containers for the debris which is pretty much limited to small stuff. It seems the renovated wall is doing its job of keeping the big stuff out of the ponds.”

One of the Kaua‘i Ocean Safety Bureau lifeguards said in addition to the usual branches and limbs washed down by the Wailua River, this time there is an accumulation of fine vegetative material resembling potting soil.

“This is the first time I’ve seen so much of it in the ponds,” he said.

Park visitors are urged to heed the “Keep Out” signs posted near accumulated water surrounding the main pavilion and Kamalani Playground at Lydgate Park.

The water is mixed with sewage from a spill during heavy storms Monday from a nearby wastewater treatment center.

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