The Lake County Board of County Commissioners enacted the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Ordinance on January 22, 2008. The purpose of the program is to involve the public to assist with the effort of protecting, preserving and restoring Lake County's most prized natural resource, its hundreds of freshwater lakes.
Volunteers participating in the program save the taxpayers of Lake County countless dollars in shoreline cleanup and lake monitoring costs. By adopting a portion of a lake, civic and other nonprofit organizations help to generate pride in their community and create economic benefits to all citizens of Lake County.
Other benefits for an adopting organization and community are:
- Enhancing the environment
- Keeping adopted sections clean and reducing litter along shorelines
- Giving the adoptive groups a sense of stewardship over public lands
- Helping to create a society where prevailing attitudes do not tolerate lake pollution
- Educating boaters and property owners about pollution prevention
- Providing a way for groups to contribute to the community
- Instilling pride in all who participate
- Lessening the financial burden placed on taxpayers to keep lakes pollution-free
- Making communities more attractive to business, industry and tourists
- The Department of Environmental Utilities will erect a sign for each adopted section.
- Sign Recognition Policy
- The sign installed for the groups participating in the program will conform to the following rules:
- For non-profit groups, only the full name of the group will be placed on the sign.
- For commercial businesses, only the full name of the company will be placed on the sign.
- For schools, only the full name of the school will be placed on the sign.
- Lake County will not list the services that the group provides unless it is part of the group or company name.
- Lake County will not list specific locations, addresses or phone numbers of the business or group.
- Lake County will not allow any political or other statements which can be considered controversial to be placed on the sign.
- Lake County reserves the right to determine if it is appropriate to locate a sign in the adopted area. Boat ramps, community areas, marinas, etc. are ideal locations for the placement of a sign. Lake County wishes to preserve the natural beauty of our shorelines.