Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Summer 2009

NDEQ Crew Cleans Up

For more than 15 years, volunteer crews from NDEQ have been making a twice-yearly trip to a two-mile stretch of highway north of Valparaiso to pick up litter.

The activities are part of the Nebraska Department of Roads’ (NDOR) “Adopt a Highway” program, which assigns stretches of state highways to individuals and organizations who volunteer to collect litter from the ditches and rights-of-way.

NDEQ’s pick-up activities are conducted twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Agency employees, their families and their friends can volunteer their time, and the group meets in Valparaiso at a pre-arranged date and time. The activity’s coordinator at NDEQ, Steve Danahy, says that he needs a minimum of six volunteers for the event, and a group of eight to ten is better.

The squad splits into two groups, with each group taking one of the two miles in NDEQ’s designated section. Carrying bright orange collection bags, each group walks the ditch on one side of the mile, then crosses over and works back to their vehicle. Trash is separated from aluminum cans, which are kept for recycling.

Following the ditch walk, the entire group meets in Valparaiso for lunch and decompression. This spring’s crew consisted of Steve Danahy, Mark “Buzz” Herman, Brad Reid, Shelley Kaderly, Tom Buell, Steve Smith, Jim Bunstock and Kerin Bunstock.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186