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Volunteers keep Forsyth's waterways clean

Next event slated for Nov. 2

Megan Hilton and Tori Hollenbeck of Girl Scout Troop 11821 said they found a piece of carpet at Bald Ridge Marina in north Forsyth County. (click for larger version)
October 09, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A record number of community volunteers came together to Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.

The shore sweep event on Sept. 28 drew 180 volunteers ready to collect trash at about a dozen locations throughout the county.

"This is a record high for us," said Kevin D. Smith, community outreach specialist for Keep Forsyth County Beautiful.

This year, volunteers cleaned 12 locations and picked up about 125 bags of trash and miscellaneous debris.

Smith, who is in his third year running the trash collection at Bald Ridge Marina, said all marinas participated in the effort through the Lake Lanier Association.

One of the most important aspects of the cleanup and ultimately one of its biggest strengths is that the cleanup is a multi-agency collaboration, Smith said.

"You have agencies of all types from all counties surrounding the lake that come together for a common well-communicated cause," Smith said. "In the end, the lake and all of the people that live near it benefit from the cleanup."

It's also a great way for the volunteers to meet new friends passionate about a common cause — keeping the community clean.

"It's rewarding," said Jenni Hilton, a Cumming resident. "They also feed you lunch and you get a T-shirt. It's great community service for families."

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful's next community event is the Rivers Alive cleanup on Nov. 2.

Smith said volunteers are needed for the waterway cleanup event and encouraged families, co-workers, Scout troops and organizations to register for the annual waterway cleanup event.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 30. Volunteers meet at Mary Alice Park, 1820 Mary Alice Park Road in Cumming, at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2 to gather supplies. Volunteers will proceed to clean as many lake, river and wetland locations as possible before returning to Mary Alice Park for lunch.

Call 770-205-4573 or email to kfcb@forsythco.com.

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