DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County is preparing for the 33rd annual Lake Lanier Shore Sweep to take place this Saturday, on Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1p.m.
The Shore Sweep, which is put on by Lake Lanier Association, is expected to help collect and properly dispose of tons of trash.
In fact, “over 32 years of Shore Sweep cleanups have removed 2.16 million pounds of trash and debris from Lake Lanier’s shorelines”, according to Lake Lanier Association.
This year, there are 13 locations spread across Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Dawson Counties, where the shore sweep will be taking place.
Dawson County sites are located at Toto Creek and War Hill Park.
Billy Thurmond, Chairman for the Dawson County Commissioners, spoke about the importance of the event at the last Commissioners meeting held last week.
“This is something that we have helped with every year for as long as I can remember, trying to clean up the shore of Lake Lanier,” Thurmond said.
Thurmond said that this year he spoke with Lake Lanier Association President John Barker about allowing an extra dumpster to be put at the Toto Creek site for easier disposal of trash for volunteers.
“Normally they have to bring all the trash they get from [Toto creek] to War Hill Park. It makes more sense to put an extra bin there when they pick it up,” Thurmond said.
Thurmond addressed the board to see if there would be any issues or if they could move forward with the request as he said he believed that cleaning up is a good thing.
Fellow Commissioner Sharon Fausett enthusiastically agreed and said, “lets help them and not hinder them.”