Volunteers needed for Lake Powell clean up Sept. 16

The Lake Powell Community Alliance (LPCA) together with the St. Andrew Bay Watch (St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association), Friends of Camp Helen State Park, Bay County Audubon and local neighborhoods invite you to participate in a community effort to cleanup Lake Powell on Sept. 16, 2017.  Sign-in will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 16th at the Lake Powell Park [boat ramp behind Publix] or at Camp Helen State Park. The cleanup will last until noon. After the cleanup, learn about the LPCA’s conservation efforts and smile for a group photo. Free t-shirts and pizza will be given to the first 75 volunteers to register! Participate in a ‘chance drawing’ to win some very nice prizes.

“This event is part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. This is our fifth year participating and to date we have removed over 10,000 pounds of trash from Lake Powell and her watershed. Every year we fill two dumpsters provided to us by Bay County. We are proud to be part of this global effort. It is a fun event for people of all ages who want to help maintain the health of the lake,” said Emily Ellis, LPCA Chairperson.

“In our little corner of the earth, we have a very unique and precious resource. LAKE POWELL was designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway in 1991. It is among the largest of the rare Coastal Dune Lakes which occur in only a few places around the world. Lake Powell is known for its beauty and biodiversity, as well as its exceptional recreational and educational opportunities. The Lake Powell Community Alliance (LPCA) is dedicated to protecting this natural resource.”

This is a great opportunity to bring our community together for a common cause. Individuals and teams are welcome. Participants will be given a choice of areas to clean up with access by walking, wading, boating, or paddling. So, JOIN the TEAM / KEEP it CLEAN!

What to bring: closed-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, ‘grabber’, work gloves, water, and snacks.

Please consider bringing your boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard and join the armada of cleanup crews! If you do bring your watercraft, please bring required life jackets, whistle, and safety devices.

Vinyl gloves, garbage bags, data cards, coffee and donuts, water, and snacks will be provided.

SCHEDULE
8 – 9 a.m. – Sign-in and Orientation
9 a.m. – 12:00 noon – Lake Clean-up
12 Noon – Group Photo
12:15 p.m. – Chance Drawing

LAKE POWELL COMMUNITY ALLIANCE Mission: A community initiative dedicated to preserving the water quality and biodiversity of the globally rare and imperiled Lake Powell ecosystem through education, habitat restoration, watershed-based planning and community partnerships.

If you have questions or ideas for ways in which you can help contact: lpca08@gmail.com 

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