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How you can help clean up the shores of Lake Lanier
Shore Sweep

Volunteers are expected to descend upon Lake Lanier Sept. 14 for the Lake Lanier Association’s 31st annual Shore Sweep. 

Twelve sites across the lake will host more than 1,000 volunteers who will roam the banks and waters of the lake to hunt for and remove tons of trash. 

During the 31 years of the events history more than 2 million pounds of trash has been removed from the shore.

“It’s a treasure hunt. You never know what you’ll find since trash moves down into Lake Lanier from as far away as Helen,” said Cynthia Cochran, longtime Shore Sweep site captain. “One of the best parts of the day is the feeling of instant gratification, knowing you’re seeing immediate results from your hard work. It’s a great opportunity to help clean our drinking water source.” 

“The focus of Shore Sweep has changed over the years along with the predominate type of trash that we find. In years past it was primarily bottles, cans and leisure type trash. We now have 12 million annual visitors to Lanier but the trash is trending towards heavy, industrial type trash like dock floats which makes our boating community and dwellers invaluable with collection and disposal, said Bonny Putney, LLA Shore Sweep organizer.

Volunteers can go to any of the 12 locations on Sept. 14 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help. 

• Dawson County: War Hill Park; 

• Forsyth County: Bald Ridge and Port Royale Marinas;

• Gwinnett County: Gwinnett Park; 

• Hall County: Aqualand Marina, Balus Creek Park, Clarks Bridge Olympic Park, Don Carter State Park, Gainesville Marina, Lake Lanier Islands, Longwood Park and University Yacht Club. 

Volunteers will be provided trash bags and participants will receive a T-shirt. Volunteers can register in advance by visiting lakelanier.org, however advance registration is not required to participate.