TAVARES — Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell welcomed more than 50 people to an opening ceremony at Lake Idamere Park on Monday morning for the County's new Adopt-a-Lake Program.
The ceremony was held, in part, to recognize the 18 groups that have already signed up to participate and to encourage other local civic organizations, individuals and fraternal and business groups to sign up. Some of the groups and businesses that have signed up include Trident Pontoons, Lake County Waterways Tours, Heritage Nature Tours, Captain Doolittle Premier Boat Tours, Lakeside at Tavares Homeowners' Association, Lake Saunders Manor, Clermont Boat Club, Hawthorne Boat Club, Friends of Lake Florence, Emerald Lakes Mens' Club and Carlton Palms Education Club. In addition, more than a dozen individuals have signed up for the program.
Adopt-a-Lake Coordinator Cathie McGwier addresses the ceremony audience. For more photographs, log on to ftp://ftp.co.lake.fl.us/InfoOutreach/adoptlake/.
The Adopt–a–Lake Program encourages groups or individuals to adopt a segment of a lake's shoreline. The program is comprised of three separate components.
• 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.
For more information about Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program, call Cathie McGwier at (352) 253-1659, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: adopt.