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Shore Sweep set for Sept. 14, volunteers needed

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Sept. 14. That’s the 31st Annual Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep. 
In the organization’s history, it has collected more than 1,000 tons of trash, garbage and debris from the water and shores of Lanier.
 
“With the lake levels high this year, there is even more debris and trash to be collected than usual,” said Bonny Putney, chair of the Shore Sweep Committee. “We are encouraging people to participate this year and bring their friends. It’s a fun and rewarding event.”
 
Volunteers are needed to provide boats to assist with cleanup, walk land-sites and shorelines to pick up trash, and to assist with removing larger debris. 
 
As the event approaches, there will be several sites for advanced drop-off in the two weeks leading up to this year’s Shore Sweep.
 
This year’s day-of event will have 12 sites with captains to help organize removal. They are 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), and Warhill Park (boat ramp).
 
“Although we focus our shoreline cleanup in September, the Lake Lanier Association and our volunteers are actively working to keep Lake Lanier clean,” Putney said. “Through the years, we have developed a very effective program to reduce the amount of trash and debris at the lake, but there is still more work to be done.”
 
For more info or to volunteer, visit lakelanier.org or call 770 503-7757.

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