The 34th annual Great Lake Cleanup, considered one of the largest lake cleanups in the nation, took place Oct. 5. The weather was overcast and windy, with temps in the low 80s, which was awesome, considering the record breaking heat that had preceded the event. More than 3,500 registered volunteers, mainly Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups, participated in the one-day cleanup, gathering more than 6 tons of trash and 89 tires around the lake.
Afterward, 1,045 people attended the appreciation picnics at Galt’s Ferry Day Use in Cherokee County and Riverside Day Use Area in Bartow County. Both Old Highway 41 No. 3 and Sweetwater Campgrounds were filled to capacity from Friday afternoon until Sunday with registered volunteers who camped for free at the two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities.
Thank you to all the people who volunteered, and the 41 sponsors that assisted with this year’s event. We hope to see you in 2020 at the next Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup!
– Christopher Purvi, lead ranger at Lake Allatoona over Partnerships, Volunteers and Project Security.