“Keep It Clean” was begun in 2012 at the south end of Lake of the Woods in Minnesota as a public awareness and education campaign to reduce the amount of litter left on the ice during the winter angling season. These efforts were led by a committee from the Lake of the Woods (LOW) Soil and Water Conservation District, LOW Tourism, LOW County, Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources and Friends of Zippel Bay State Park. Area resorts have also become involved and the campaign has already been successful by initiating:
• Over 45 Keep It Clean signs placed at access points from Warroad to Baudette
• 6 new dumpsters placed at lake access points
• Over 80 tons of trash collected
• Statewide program recognition
• Over 1000 Keep It Clean decals given to resorts/businesses
In 2017, the Northern Lites 4-H club chose to do their Community Pride project on the Keep it Clean program. All of the kids who belong to the club spend a lot of time on the water, whether it be for summer swimming and fishing, or winter ice fishing. After conducting a cleanup project of their own, the 4-H club developed a poster to share their message and presented the project under the Community Pride category at the LOW County Fair and earned the opportunity to advance onto the State Fair.