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Volunteers sought for Lake George cleanup day

Shown is one small portion of the trash retrieved from Lake George — at one location — by volunteers during the 2011 'Keep the Queen Green Day.' Local citizens removed trash, household items, fast-food litter, anchors, a boat ladder — even two car batteries — from Lake George during the day's cleanup effort. This year's event is set for Saturday Aug. 3, and all are invited to pitch in to keep the lake scenic as well as minimize pollution that compromises the quality of water that so many area residents drink.

Shown is one small portion of the trash retrieved from Lake George — at one location — by volunteers during the 2011 'Keep the Queen Green Day.' Local citizens removed trash, household items, fast-food litter, anchors, a boat ladder — even two car batteries — from Lake George during the day's cleanup effort. This year's event is set for Saturday Aug. 3, and all are invited to pitch in to keep the lake scenic as well as minimize pollution that compromises the quality of water that so many area residents drink.

— Area residents and visitors are invited to lend a hand and make a difference in the beauty and environmental health of Lake George.

All are invited to participate in the third annual “Keep the Queen Clean – Lake George Cleanup Day” to be held Aug. 3.

The event is one aspect of the Fund for Lake George’s continuing campaign to keep the lake clean and to promote proper disposal of litter.

Litter and debris have been found on beaches, in shallow water, along the shoreline, floating on the lake’s surface, and in the deep waters of the lake. There is an underwater litter trail that follows the north-south boat traffic corridor on Lake George.

Hundreds of individuals, many of whom live around the lake, are planning to participant in the event, but more are needed.

Participants will pick up litter along the shoreline, from streams, and in public places. Scuba divers and snorkelers will also be involved so that debris in deeper water can be collected. Blue trash bags will be provided to participants and mesh bags are available to scuba divers involved in this year’s event. Each of the 10 towns situated on the lake have chosen locations where cleanup volunteers may drop off collected litter.

To register as a volunteer, and find out gathering points — where trash bags will be handed out, contact the Fund for Lake George at 668-5913 ext. 303 or see: www.fundforlakegeorge.org.

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