Eagle Scout idea benefits local lakes and ponds

Local Eagle Scout Jason Joda of Roselle is an avid fisherman and one thing he frequently noticed while enjoying his favorite hobby was the abundance of fishing line left around common fishing spots. After looking online for a solution, he happened to see PVC recycling tubes as the answer to the problem.

"It seemed like a fun project that I would enjoy doing, along with it benefiting the community," said Joda. "I decided to present my Eagle Scout proposal to Roselle and Bloomingdale park districts."

Both districts loved the idea. As a Bloomingdale Park District resident that lives right next to Seasons Four Park in Roselle, Joda's tubes have been implemented on docks and other common fishing places around Turner Pond in Roselle, and Westlake, Lakeview and Springfield parks in Bloomingdale. 

In addition to making for a neater and tangle-free fishing experience, the project also benefits fish and local wildlife by keeping it free of the potentially dangerous line.

The whole tube is made of PVC piping. A leather cap is placed on the top so that no birds mistake the tube as a nesting spot. Once the tubes are full, the line is collected and shipped to the Berkley Recycling center in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Joda enters his senior year at Lake Park High School this fall. The National Honors Society member has helped supervise preschool students at the Park District's day camp, as well as help out at several special events. He serves as a lifeguard at the Seasons Four Homeowners Association club pool and is an avid cross country and track runner. He's currently exploring his college options with a possible degree in physical therapy as the ultimate goal. 

Posted August 15, 2016 at 8:24 AM