EUSTIS – The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program was recently awarded an Environmental Education grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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.
The North Lake County Community Environmental Stewardship Program will address several EPA educational priorities including community projects, human health and the environment and career development. The communities targeted by the grant program are Altoona, Pittman, Lake Kathryn, Paisley and the City of Umatilla.
Numerous community initiatives will be implemented, including: water quality analysis, shoreline restoration projects, community clean-ups, pharmaceutical and household hazardous waste round-up events and environmental career days.
In addition, the Adopt-a-Lake Program invites citizens to become water quality monitoring volunteers for lakes in northern Lake County. Volunteers are trained by Lake County staff and provided with all equipment. Samples are collected once a month and are delivered to the Lake County Water Resource Management Laboratory in Tavares.
For more information about grant activities, or to become a volunteer, call Cathie Catasus, Adopt-a-Lake Program Coordinator, at 352-253-1659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.