Love Our Lakes cleanup event looking for volunteers

Do you love your lakes? Then now’s the time to show it.

The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program invites volunteers to the Love Our Lakes cleanup event Saturday, Feb. 24, at two locations in Tavares, a news release states. Check-in will begin at 8:30am at both the Hickory Point Recreational Facility boat ramp, 27341 State Road 19, and the Wooton Park boat ramp, 100 E. Ruby St.

RSVPs are encouraged by Friday, Feb. 16, by calling 352.253.1659. A short informational session about invasive snails and various hands-on activities for children will be offered at each location. The 2018 Adopt-a-Lake Calendar also will be available for a $5 donation.

The county’s volunteer Adopt-a-Lake Program is partnering again this year with Keep Lake Beautiful, the Lake County Water Authority, and the city of Tavares 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.

Volunteers should bring their own boats, or they may walk along shorelines. Trash bags and grabbers, gloves, T-shirts, and water will be provided. Participants should dress comfortably and bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent, if needed.

The Adopt-a-Lake Program encourages civic organizations, individuals, and fraternal and business groups to adopt a segment of a lake’s shoreline. The program comprises three components: water-quality monitoring, public education, and pollution prevention, the release states.

For more information or to volunteer, visit lakecountyfl.gov/adoptlake or contact Cathie Catasus at 352.253.1659 or ccatasus@lakecountyfl.gov.

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