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Lanier cleanup planned
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The 23rd annual Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep is planned for Saturday.

The event will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 13 locations around the lake, including War Hill Park in Dawson County.

The annual event is aimed at cleaning up trash and other litter along the shore of the lake.

Joanna Cloud, the association's executive director, said that the event usually draws between 700 and 1,000 volunteers and usually nets 30 tons of garbage.

"We expect even more this year though," Cloud said. "With the lake being a little lower and there being more exposure along the shore line, there is a lot more debris visible."

Cloud said that the government of Dawson County has been helpful with organizing the event at War Hill Park.

"Dawson County is a shining example of what we would like to see out of all the local governments," Cloud said. "Not only are they allowing us to use the park, but government workers will be there working the event."

Cloud added that Keep Dawson County Beautiful and similar organizations in Hall, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties have all been helpful in publicizing the event.

"And the lake venders themselves have really been a big help," Cloud said. "All of the marinas are serving as drop off locations; they've been very supportive."

In addition to the day-of-event locations, eight advance drop-off locations around the lake are currently open. Bagged trash or large items are being accepted at these locations, which are identified with Shore Sweep signs.

For a list of advance drop-off locations, or more information about Saturday's event, visit lakelanier.org.

Advanced registration for participation in the event is not required, but does assist in scheduling shoreline coverage. If you would like to notify the association of your intention to participate, send an e-mail to lakeinfo@lakelanier.org.

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