Lake polluted because of creeks

BRISTOL, Tenn. - If you have been to Steele Creek recently you may have noticed a growing problem in the lake.

From garbage to leaves, it is getting a little crowded. Nature Center Manager, Jeremy Stout tells News 5 that it's because of the litter from other creeks that pour into the lake.

"Of course this litter didn't originate in the park. It came from elsewhere upstream, where water washed it in and leaves are going to do a very similar thing," said Stout.

We learned it is important to throw your garbage away so it does not end up in the streams.

However, while the garbage is harmful, we were told the leaves actually are helpful to all of the plants in the lake. When they decompose, they turn into a food source and shelter for the fish and the insects.

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