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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.

2017 Adopt-a-Lake Calendar Photo Contest

Online voting for the finalists for the Adopt-a-Lake 2017 Calendar Contest will begin Oct. 19th and run through midnight on November 4th. You are limited to one vote per day.

Vote for an Adopt-a-Lake photo now!
Submit your vote by November 4 at 11:59 p.m.

The calendars, which include the selected pictures from water bodies in Lake County, will be 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.

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 2017 Sampling Schedule

Adopt-a-Lake Program Brochure
Citizen's Guide to Lake Preservation & Protection

New Web Clearinghouse of Information for Lake Shoreland Protection Resources
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).


Volunteers putting the plants in the Beemat floating wetland on Lake Joanna.




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