The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program helps to preserve and enhance the County’s lakes. Volunteers can elect which components of the program best fit their desired level of participation.
The water-quality monitoring component requires volunteers to perform field-testing and the collection of water-quality samples. Staff at the Lake County Water Resource Laboratory analyzes the samples, adding the data to a collection of information available on the Lake County Water Atlas at www.lake.wateratlas.org. Volunteers receive training in water-quality testing by Lake County and St. Johns River Water Management District. The minimum volunteer commitment for this component is four samples annually, one per quarter; however, a monthly sample schedule is preferred.
The education component requires volunteers to take an integral role in alerting residents of how their daily activities can affect the water quality of lakes in their community. Through distributing brochures and speaking at neighborhood meetings, volunteers of the Adopt-a-Lake program will help other residents understand proper lakefront and shoreline practices, such as identifying beneficial and nuisance aquatic vegetation, how fertilizers and septic tanks can harm lakes, and the certain regulations regarding shoreline activities, including creating a beach and building a dock.
The pollution prevention component requires volunteers to remove and properly dispose of litter from a portion of lake's shoreline. Participants will be supplied with the necessary equipment and safety procedures for this activity. A secondary activity to this component is to maintain a fishing line (monofilament) recycling station in the adopted area. The minimum volunteer commitment for this component is four times annually. Participation in the annual countywide cleanup event is also encouraged.