This spring, Hartwell Lake will host the “Clean Up Green Up,” a new cleanup initiative set to revamp the annual fall tradition. Typically held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day in September, the new cleanup initiative is scheduled for April 18-25 to coincide with Earth Day.
Volunteers from scout groups, civic clubs, local residents, businesses, family units and friends of the lake are welcome to join the campaign. Organizers seek volunteers to pick up litter and other non-natural debris on and around Hartwell Lake.
“This cleanup initiative provides a chance for people who care about Hartwell Lake to roll up their sleeves and give something back to the lands and water they use and appreciate,” said Dustin Cullen, Hartwell Lake natural resources specialist and co-coordinator of the event.
“The lands and waters of Hartwell Lake belong to the people of this community. This effort provides everyone an opportunity to give back to the resource that they value. The long-term goal is to use this event as a springboard to transition the effort into a proactive year long ‘maintenance’ program to keep areas clean and green instead of a reactive once a year cleanup.”
“The Lake Hartwell Association looks forward to once again working with the Corps of Engineers to clean up the islands and shoreline of our beautiful Hartwell Lake,” said Herb Burnham, Lake Hartwell Association executive director. “This joint effort has been an annual event for more than two decades, and has played a key role in keeping our lake one of the cleanest and most attractive in the nation.”
The Savannah District Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office and the Lake Hartwell Association (LHA), jointly sponsor the event. The non-profit LHA aims to promote cooperation, assistance and information exchange among Hartwell Lake stakeholders and visitors.
Interested parties may sign up using the online form here, visit the Hartwell Lake office or call us at 888-893-0678, Ext. 311. Additional information regarding the event can be found at the Hartwell Lake website. Details of the cleanup event will follow later.
~Chelsea Smith, Public Affairs Specialist