The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program is a volunteer program that helps to preserve and enhance the County’s lakes. It is similar in some aspects to an adopt-a-road program.
The Adopt-a-Lake Program encourages local civic organizations, individuals and fraternal and business groups to adopt a segment of a lake's shoreline. Unlike an adopt-a-road program where litter cleanup is the sole component, the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program is comprised of three separate components: Water-Quality Monitoring, Education and Pollution Prevention.
All an organization needs to get started is volunteers who are in good physical shape responsible and interested in helping to keep Lake County's communities clean and beautiful. Procedures and safety policies are in place to protect volunteers. There are many other benefits to participating in the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program.
To sign up for the Adopt-a-Lake Program, call (352) 253-1659 or fill out an online inquiry.
2016 Adopt-a-Lake Calendar Photo Contest
The calendars which include the selected pictures from water bodies in Lake County, are available for a suggested donation of $5 from the Lake County Public Works Department, Water Resource Management Laboratory. Proceeds from calendar sales benefit the volunteer Adopt-a-Lake Program. The calendars will be available starting Nov. 7th during the Love Our Lakes Clean-up event.
Calendars are available at the Lake County Water Lab at 12923 County Landfill Road in Tavares (entrance is located on CR448 – follow green signs to Water Lab), the Lake County Solid Waste Administration Building at 13130 County Landfill Rd. in Tavares, the Lake County Administration Building at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares or mail a check to: Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Adopt-a-Lake Program, P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778. If requesting a calendar by mail please include an additional $1 for postage.
NEWS RELEASE: Adopt-a-Lake Program receives grant from Environmental Protection Agency
This grant will help support Adopt-a-Lake’s various environmental education projects and increase public awareness about environmental issues, while providing citizens with the skills to take responsible actions towards protecting the environment. Read more »
View the 2015 Sampling Schedule
Adopt-a-Lake Program Brochure
Guide to Lake Preservation & Protection
EPA's Office of Water launched a web clearinghouse for Lake Shoreland Protection
Resources. The clearinghouse, which includes links to fact sheets, webcasts, videos, and
other helpful resources for lakeshore protection, is part of an outreach campaign to educate
the public and others about the key findings of the National Lakes Assessment (NLA).
Adopt-a-Lake Volunteer Appreciation Event and Presentation to the BCC