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Effort aims to sweep lake's shore Saturday

Volunteers sought for annual cleanup

POSTED: September 28, 2012 12:32 a.m.
 

Lake Lanier boasts some 600 miles of shoreline and much of it could use a good cleaning.

For the 24th year in a row, the Lake Lanier Association is coordinating a Shore Sweep, pulling volunteers from across north Georgia to help collect trash Saturday.

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful is leading the cleanup at Bald Ridge Marina, where outreach coordinator Kevin Smith hopes to see as many as 150 people show up.

Volunteers with or without boats are welcome, he said.

“There’s the land side and the water side and they’re both different challenges,” Smith said. “It’s all scouted out from the boats that are looking for Styrofoam and we just try to get people to as many of the land spots as we can.

“It’s the Styrofoam that’s the big challenge.”

Though the agency has several lake cleanup efforts throughout the year, Saturday will be just the second time participating in the shore sweep.

“Things went so smoothly last year, and we brought some extra volunteers to the table as well,” Smith said. “It was just kind of a natural fit for us to help out.”

The cleanup will run from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers can enjoy a free lunch and those turning in at least one bag of trash will receive a T-shirt.

Volunteers are asked to be at the Bald Ridge Marina boat ramp by 8 a.m. for a safety briefing.

For more information or to register, call (678) 965-7130, e-mail tlwright@forsythco.com or visit www.lakelanier.org.

 

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