Monday, August 20, 2018

Lake Lanier Association to Celebrate 30th Anniversary Shore Sweep ~ the Largest Trash Cleanup Effort in Georgia

"30 Years & 1000 Tons of Fun!"

Georgia's Lake Sidney Lanier is the premier recreational destination and water resource for Atlantans and others from many miles around. Lanier annually attracts over 11 million visitors who sail, ski, camp or just cruise.

Imagine what lake life would be like if the litter and refuse from those millions of patrons accumulated on islands and shores for decades.

Thanks to the sustained efforts of the Lake Lanier Association - or LLA - one only need imagine that unattractive image. For thirty years LLA members and volunteers have united on an appointed day in September and toiled to make the lake area clean and safe.

On August 25 and September 15, 2018 LLA will host its 30th Anniversary Shore Sweep. August 25 will be a Volunteer Celebration and Band Party, and September 15 will be the traditional Shore Sweep across all of Lake Lanier.

Shore Sweep has grown each year in both number of volunteers and volume of junk removed. Today thousands of workers turn out on foot and by boat, truck and every imaginable vehicle. The event attracts lake residents, marina employees, recreational boaters and anyone else willing to lend a hand.

The amount of debris collected and removed now totals thousands of tons. Some teams compete to break records, with the current title holding crew having accounted for 9 tons of trash in 2017. Content ranges from cans and bottles to discarded tires, furniture, appliances - and even vessels themselves.

Lake Lanier Olympic Park - or LLOP - is known worldwide as the site of rowing and kayaking competition at Atlanta's 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. LLOP will be the venue for LLA's first ever August Shore Sweep Volunteer Celebration & Band Party. 

The day will feature live music by the Fly Betty Band, a water slide large enough even for adults - and much more. Wear your T-shirt from a previous Shore Sweep to receive a free prize.

The LLA will provide food, beverage and prizes patrons will talk about for ages. 


Saturday, August 25, Lake Lanier Olympic Park - LLOP
1 PM to 4 PM - 
Volunteer Celebration & Band Party

Saturday, September 15, Multiple Marina & Hub Sites
8 AM to 1 PM - Shore Sweep ~ All of Lake Lanier 

One important detail: Students or anyone needing credit for community service can earn it at Shore Sweep. Contact LLA for details.

So mark your calendars twice - on two different days.

If you love Lake Lanier or just want to participate in a fun and worthwhile environmental project, save these dates:

August 25, 2018 and September 15, 2018

The LLA will never host another 30th Anniversary Shore Sweep.

You will want to tell your friends, kids and grandkids that you were there. You will want to make them wish they were there. Or you can tell them now and bring them with you. The choice is yours.

For more information on how to participate or sponsor, call 770-503-7757 today. Operators are standing by, yet they may be busy. If so please leave a message that you want to help with Shore Sweep and any important details you can offer. Someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Lake Lanier will thank you for it.

More detailed info is also available here.


Lake Lanier Association
North Georgia Community Foundation Building
615F Oak Street #200
Gainesville GA 30501