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Hundreds turn out to clean up Lake George litter

Taking a break in their efforts to clean up trash and litter Aug. 4 along Hague Brook, a tributary of Lake George, are volunteers (left to right): Matt Reynen, Doug Johnson, Logan Johnson and Susan Johnson: Rte. 8 Hague Brook at the Trout Fishing area. Several hundred volunteers cleaned up refuse from the waters, beaches and watershed of Lake George in an annual event organized by local environmental groups.

Taking a break in their efforts to clean up trash and litter Aug. 4 along Hague Brook, a tributary of Lake George, are volunteers (left to right): Matt Reynen, Doug Johnson, Logan Johnson and Susan Johnson: Rte. 8 Hague Brook at the Trout Fishing area. Several hundred volunteers cleaned up refuse from the waters, beaches and watershed of Lake George in an annual event organized by local environmental groups.

— As many as several hundred local citizens of all ages picked up trash and litter Saturday Aug. 4 from the waters, beaches and watershed of Lake George.

The annual lakewide event, titled Keep the Queen Clean — Lake George Cleanup Day, was organized by the Fund for Lake George and its associated agency, the Lake George Waterkeeper.

“It was a great day,” Kathy Bozony of The Fund said on Monday Aug. 6, after many dozens of bags were picked up and gathered for disposal.

Bozony prepared a list Aug. 6 detailing dozens of beaches, waterfront stretches, and islands of Lake George that were cleaned up by crews of volunteers. She said far more than 100 people registered with her agency, and about as many worked on the cleanup effort without officially signing up.

Bozony requested that those volunteers who didn’t register but worked cleaning up Aug. 4 around the lake submit photographs and details of their accomplishments to: info@lakegeorgewaterkeeper.org so her group can compile records of the event.

“This effort emphasizes our dependence on and appreciation for this special lake, and highlights the awareness that keeping it clean, a year round effort, is necessary to protect our investment and our ability to share what we have loved with future generations,” she said. “Our gratitude is extended to those of you who recognize that a beautiful, clean lake is an important responsibility.”

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