CLERMONT — The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program is inviting volunteers to the “Love Our Lakes Cleanup,” targeting Lake Minnehaha, Lake Hiawatha, Lake Minneola, Lake Susan and the Palatlakaha River, on Saturday, March 5 from 8:30 – noon.
Trash bags, water, T-shirts and lunch will be provided. Volunteers should arrive with their own boats, or may walk along shorelines. A limited number of canoes and kayaks will be available, but must be reserved in advance by calling 352-434-5025 by Monday, Feb. 29. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and bring gloves and/or trash grabbers.
Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Lake Hiawatha Preserve, 450 N. 12th St., Clermont. The nearest boat ramps are Clermont boat ramp on Minneola Avenue between 12th Street and West Street or Palatlakaha River Park at 12325 Hull Road. The boat dock for the Lake Hiawatha Preserve is located on Lake Minneola at 28.571885 -81.779470.
Participants will compete to find the most unusual item, the largest item and the most pounds of debris collected by a group. The Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron will offer free vessel safety checks at the dock on the Lake Minneola side of the Lake Hiawatha Preserve. Lake County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) volunteers will also be on hand to help volunteers identify both native and invasive aquatic plants.
The event is being held in partnership with Keep Lake Beautiful, the Lake County Water Authority, the city of Clermont, the Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron, CISMA and Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes.
The Adopt–a–Lake Program encourages local civic organizations, individuals and fraternal and business groups to adopt a segment of a lake’s shoreline. The program is comprised of three separate components: Water-quality monitoring, public education and pollution prevention.
For more information, or to sign up online, visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/klb.