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Volunteers sought to help clean up Lake County waterbodies

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TAVARES — The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program is inviting volunteers to the Love our Lakes cleanup event at two locations in Tavares on Saturday, Dec. 10. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at both the Hickory Point Recreational Facility boat ramp, 27341 State Road 19, and at the Wooton Park boat ramp, 100 E. Ruby St.

The county’s volunteer Adopt-a-Lake Program is partnering this year with Keep Lake Beautiful, the Lake County Water Authority, the City of Tavares and the Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron to coordinate the lake cleanup event, which will target Lake Beauclair, Lake Dora, the Dora Canal, Lake Eustis, Dead River, Lake Harris and Little Lake Harris.

During the last two Love our Lakes events, upwards of 130 volunteers have collected more than 1,800 pounds of debris from Lake County waterbodies.

Volunteers should bring their own boats, or may walk along shorelines. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available at Hickory Point, but must be reserved in advance by calling the Lake County Water Authority at 352-324-6141 ext. 0. Volunteers are asked to RSVP by Monday, Dec. 5.

Trash bags, water, T-shirts and lunch will be provided. Participants should dress comfortably and bring gloves and trash grabbers. Volunteers will compete to find the most unusual item, the largest item and the most pounds of debris. At both locations, staff will give a short informational session about invasive snails and provide hands-on activities for children. The Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron will also be offering free vessel safety checks performed by certified inspectors.

The new 2017 Adopt-a-Lake photo calendar will be available at each location for a donation of $5.

The Adopt–a–Lake Program encourages local civic organizations, individuals and fraternal and business groups to adopt a segment of a lake’s shoreline. The program is comprised of three separate components: Water-quality monitoring, public education and pollution prevention.