TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Environmental Services is hosting an event on Monday, Feb. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Lake Idamere Park, located at 12335 County Road 448 in Tavares, to encourage residents to sign up for the County's new Adopt-a-Lake Program.
The Adopt–a–Lake Program is similar in some aspects to the County's Adopt-a-Roadway program. The 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. Volunteers can elect which components of the program best fit their desired level of participation. Components of the program are:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
"While volunteers and County staff have been monitoring the water quality of a handful of lakes, this program will help us bolster those abilities," said Cathie McGwier, Coordinator of the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program. "What occurs on land around the shoreline can affect what happens in a lake and that is important to keep a close eye on."
For more information about the event or to sign up for the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program, call Cathie McGwier at (352) 253-1659, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Adopt-a-Lake Web page.