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Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program to host educational session and water-quality training for interested volunteers

RELEASE DATE: June 24, 2008

TAVARES — The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program will host an educational outreach session for interested volunteers on Friday, June 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.

In addition, the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program will present a training session for water-quality monitoring on Monday, June 30, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Lake Idamere Park, located at 12335 County Road 448 in Tavares.

The educational session will give volunteers an opportunity to learn about the Adopt-a-Lake Program, including water-quality testing, aquatic-plant identification, best management practices for shoreline development management, pollution prevention and monofilament recycling.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners adopted the program on Jan. 24, 2008. The 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 the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program or to reserve a space for the educational or training sessions, call Cathie McGwier at (352) 253-1659 or e-mail cmcgwier@lakecountyfl.gov.


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