by Christopher Purvis
The 31st annual Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup (GLAC) will be held Sept. 24. The Allatoona Lake Association manages the event and cooperates with several partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia Power, The Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce, AMEC, Wildlife Action, The City of Kennesaw, WellStar Health Care System, and many others.
More than 3,000 volunteers participated in the event last year, with many attending the post cleanup picnic at Riverside Day Use Park. Several tons of trash are picked up each year, in addition to numerous tires and other debris. During the picnic, prizes are given for the most usual items found, which has become one of the more popular awards given at the event. Each year, hundreds of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts participate in the GLAC as part of a long-standing partnership with the event.
The GLAC began partnering with National Public Lands Days in 1999 and has since been one of the largest Public Lands Day events nationally each year. We’re expecting another large volunteer turnout this year, so don’t hesitate to register for the event.
Boat owners also are needed. We hope everyone joins us for this very successful and worthwhile conservation event. Register at http://glac-reg.fikket.com.
For more information on the event, visit the Lake Allatoona Association site at www.lakeallatoonaassoc.com.