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Volunteers sought for Lake George cleanup effort

Shown is one small portion of the trash retrieved from Lake George — at one location — by volunteers during last year's 'Keep the Queen Green Day.' Local citizens removed trash, household items, fast-food litter, anchors, a boat ladder — even two car batteries — from Lake George during the day's cleanup effort  This year's event is set for Saturday April 4, and all are invited to pitch in to keep the lake scenic as well as minimize pollution that compromises the quality of water that so many area residents drink.

Shown is one small portion of the trash retrieved from Lake George — at one location — by volunteers during last year's 'Keep the Queen Green Day.' Local citizens removed trash, household items, fast-food litter, anchors, a boat ladder — even two car batteries — from Lake George during the day's cleanup effort This year's event is set for Saturday April 4, and all are invited to pitch in to keep the lake scenic as well as minimize pollution that compromises the quality of water that so many area residents drink.

Area residents are now being recruited to volunteer to help clean up the shoreline and waters of Lake George in a community event titled Keep the Queen Clean Day, set for Saturday, Aug. 4. The event is sponsored by the Lake George Waterkeeper .

Waterkeeper employee Kathy Bozony said that her agency is committed to keeping the lake clean of litter, and local citizens are encouraged to join the effort.

Litter in Lake George and around its beautiful shoreline is unsightly and a pollution threat to the lake and its water quality,” she said in a prepared statement.

Litter has been seen not only on the lake’s surface, shoreline and surface, but on the lake-bottom, particularly on a “litter trail” that follows the north-south boat traffic corridor.

The Aug. 4 Keep the Queen Clean effort will include work in all of the towns within the Lake George watershed. Signed up already are members of area water quality committees and the lake George Island Campers Association, volunteer groups, and many individuals. The Lake George Island Campers Association is committed to help clean up the islands in the lake.

Special litter bags and designated locations for free drop-off will be provided for the litter and debris collected, but citizens may utilize their own disposal methods, Bozony said.

Volunteers will be wading, snorkeling and scuba diving to retriever litter, while other volunteers can assist from the shoreline by collecting and bagging trash that’s located.

Mesh bags will be provided to scuba divers and snorkelers. Cleanup along the shore, streams and public places will also be undertaken, Bozony said.

“All levels of participation are welcome,” she said, adding that shoreline neighbors can work with each other to identify appropriate tasks. “We’d like to see everyone join us with this cleanup, as each individual’s effort will make a difference — Lake George needs our help.”

For details or to register, see: www.fundforlakegeorge.org or call: 668-5913.

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