Volunteers, boats still needed for lake cleanup
by Jennifer Shrader Staff Writer
Volunteers and boats still are needed for this weekend’s cleanup of West Point Lake.
Rocky Millenbine, ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said those who wish to volunteer and haven’t already been assigned to an area can come to Pyne Road Park at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning to receive supplies and instructions.
About 1,000 volunteers in all are needed to cleanup West Point Lake shoreline.
Volunteers with pontoon boats also are needed to ferry volunteers to cleanup sites.
The cleanup will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon and lunch will be provided afterwards at Pyne Road Park for volunteers courtesy Wendy’s on Lafayette Parkway.
The cleanup coincides with National Public Lands Day, an annual event that provides opportunities for people to volunteer to work on projects that benefit public lands. The West Point Lake Cleanup is an excellent way for local lake users to help the corps improve a valuable resource while making a positive impact on the environment in general.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. It began in 1994 with only three sites and 700 volunteers. It proved to be a huge success and became a yearly tradition, typically held on the last Saturday in September. Since the first NPLD, the event has grown by leaps and bounds. In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. This made 2012 the biggest NPLD in the history of the event.
At West Point Lake, there are over 56,000 acres of publicly owned land and water, and some 2.5 million people visit there each year. Unfortunately many of them leave trash behind, and that litter, combined with the things thrown from cars and trucks onto local roadways often finds its way into the lake. Things like plastic bottles and bags, tennis balls, tires, drink cans and other such items find their way into coves and shorelines where they remain. Most of these items will never rot and will be there for years and years to come, unless they are picked up and properly disposed of.
Anyone who wants additional information, become a corporate sponsor or volunteer their business, service club or organization for the annual cleanup may contact Millenbine at 706-645-6113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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