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Lake Lanier Association renews deal with Forsyth County for 2016

FORSYTH COUNTY — The Lake Lanier Association and Forsyth County will continue their partnership to protect the lake for another year.

The nonprofit association works to keep the lake clean and safe. Val Perry, president of its board, told the county commission Tuesday that the past year had been one of the group’s most successful in terms of litter pickup.

“We’ve had one of the best years we’ve ever had from Shore Sweep, collecting more than 40 tons of trash from this lake,” Perry said. “At least 15 [tons] of that was in Forsyth County, and that was in spite of the fact that it rained all day [Sept. 26].”

The association also works to remove abandoned docks and stop islands from eroding into the lake.

“We’ve got a thing called rip-rap, which is putting rocks on islands that are eroding into the lake … in Forsyth County, it’s a $55,000 to $60,000 job,” Perry said. “Some of these islands we have examined over the years have lost 20 to 30 percent of their landmass into the lake.”

After the presentation, county commissioners voted 4-0, with Jim Boff absent, to renew the county’s agreement with the association for 2016 and to provide $20,000 toward the group’s efforts.