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Volunteers needed to keep lake areas clean

Posted: August 23, 2014 - 11:17pm
Kiyomi Haskell, right, and her daughter, Miyu Haskell, pick up litter along the Clarks Hill Lake shoreline during  National Public Lands Day activities in 2013.   Special Photo
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Kiyomi Haskell, right, and her daughter, Miyu Haskell, pick up litter along the Clarks Hill Lake shoreline during National Public Lands Day activities in 2013.

The public is invited to help keep Clarks Hill Lake parks and shoreline clean as part of the Thurmond Lake Cleanup Campaign.

Volunteers are needed to pick up litter and debris along public lands and waters of the lake including the shoreline, islands, recreation areas, coves, old road ends and bridge areas.

The campaign is part of National Public Lands Day, a nationwide day of service for volunteering at local, state and federal public lands. It is also part of Georgia’s statewide Rivers Alive program.

The volunteer effort begins Wednesday and runs through National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.

The goal of the effort is to keep the lake and nearby recreational areas clean and ready for use, according to Chrissy Alford, Recreation Chief Ranger for the Corps’ Savannah District.

“They can opt to do some shoreline clean-up any day between now and Public Lands Day,” Alford said.

Scouting groups, civic organizations, sports clubs, church groups, businesses, families and individuals are welcome to participate. They can choose an area of shoreline and remove any glass, paper, plastic or abandoned items. Trash bags are available at the Visitors Center or volunteers can bring their own bags. Collected trash can be dropped off at trash receptacles near Corps-operated boat ramps.

Volunteers are also invited to a community clean-up and picnic 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 27 at West Dam Recreation Area group shelter on West Dam Road in Appling.

“We usually try to get some projects done that day,” Alford said. Those projects usually include cleaning up trails, cleaning out underbrush, building bluebird boxes. “Projects that can be done to improve the (parks).”

The morning will consist of clean-up and improvement activities followed by a volunteer appreciation picnic.

Participants will receive T-shirts while supplies last.

Volunteers should wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and bring plenty of water. They should arrived a few minutes early for check-in and a safety briefing.

Wildwood Park Manager Jamey Rabun said a trail clean-up is planned for the park on Sept. 27. Volunteers for that should report at about 8 a.m. to Pavilion E or contact the gatehouse for more information.

Volunteers for the Corps effort should sign up in advance at the Visitors Center, by calling (864) 333-1129 or by submitting a form online at http://bit.ly/thurmondsignup. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Thurmond Lake Project Office at 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C., or faxed to (864) 333-1150, or can be submitted by e-mail to CESAS-OP-Y@usace.army.mil.

For more information, call (800) 533-3478, extension 1129.

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jerryrice

When a public area needs to

When a public area needs to be cleaned, volunteers can work together to achieve this goal. But, when a private space needs to be cleaned fast, only quality janitorial services can do this job. One thing is certain, no matter what, people should keep any space, public or private, clean and organized. Only by doing so, we prove that we are civilized and we really appreciate the other people's work.