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32nd annual Shore Sweep set for Sept. 26

By Pamela A. Keene
 
The coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the annual Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep on Sept. 26. In fact, it’s a good reason for even more people to volunteer to help clean up the waters, islands and shorelines of Lake Lanier. Advanced drop off at designated locations begins Sept. 12.

“The lake has been so much busier than in previous years, that we are asking for even more volunteers, not only to help collect trash, but also to come to our collection sites to help,” said Bonny Putney, LLA board member and chairman of  Shore Sweep. “We are asking everyone to bring and wear masks; we will be socially distancing throughout the event. Pre-packaged snacks and beverages will be available for the volunteers.”
 
Early drop-off points for debris and trash, only accessible by water, are Gaines Ferry Island, Beaver Ruin Road work area, Shady Grove Campground (boat ramp beach), Sportsman Club Road work area, Marker 2WC Island, Gwinnett Park boat ramp, Keith Bridge Island, Nix Island.
 
Once again this year on the day of the event, there will be a dozen sites around the lake: Aqualand Marina (public boat ramp), Bald Ridge Marina (public boat ramp) Balus Creek Boat Ramp, Clarks Bridge Boat Ramp, Don Carter State Park (public boat ramp), Gainesville Marina (public boat ramp), Gwinnett Park (boat ramp), Lake Lanier Islands (walkers only at welcome center), Longwood Park (boat ramp), Port Royale Marina (public boat ramp), University Yacht Club (yacht office boat ramp), Warhill Park (boat ramp).
 
“We are still looking for volunteers with boats to help us out as well,” she said.
 
The event has two presenting sponsors this year: hansgrohe and Sheila Davis Group/Lake Lanier area Real Estate. Additional partners include Bin There, Dump That, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Keep Hall Beautiful, Keep Dawson County Beautiful and Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.
 
“We’re really hoping for a great turnout this year,” Putney said. “And our T-shirt will be collectible, for certain.”
 
For more information and to register, visit lakelanier.org.

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