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Shore Sweep: High lake levels should lead to big results

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
Shore Sweep is on target for a banner year. So say organizers of the 31st Annual event that over the years has collected more than 1,000 tons of trash, debris and garbage from the shores and waters of Lake Lanier. 
 
Set for Saturday, September 14, the annual Lake Lanier Association event will include a dozen locations 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.
 
“Volunteers are asked to come to one of these locations where we’ll be providing garbage bags and dumpsters to help us with this year’s Shore Sweep,” said Bonny Putney, chair of Shore Sweep and board member of the association. “And all volunteers receive a T-shirt for participating. This year’s T-shirt is the bomb; it’s a quick-dry active-fit shirt that people will want to wear all year long. It’s really good looking.” 
 
Putney said that people can simply show up on Saturday, September 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We are encouraging people to bring boats to help,” she said. “Volunteers of all ages are welcome.” 
Each location will have dumpsters, provided by Bin There, Dump That, and plans are to have skid steers or other heavy equipment to assist with moving larger items, such as waterlogged encapsulated foam that has broken loose from docks. 
 
“Because the lake levels have been so high,” she said, “there’s even more debris and trash to collect. And with the lake’s increased visitation in the past several years, all the wave action from boats has also contributed to bringing more trash into the lake.”
 
Advanced drop-off locations
Additionally, the association has designated several early collection sites for people who cannot attend on September 14. Accessible only by water, these locations 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.
 
“Trash can only be left in these areas during the two weeks prior to Shore Sweep when the signs are present and visible,” Putney said.
 
Partners at this year’s Shore Sweep include Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Keep Hall Beautiful, Keep Dawson County Beautiful and Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.
 
For more information, visit lakelanier.org.

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