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Posted 4/6/2017

Release no. 17-008

Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Project along with the Lake Hartwell Association set the 2017 Hartwell Lake Cleanup-Green-up Campaign April 15-22.

This week-long campaign serves as an annual “spring cleaning” of the shoreline and islands, according to Dale Bowen, a natural resources specialist at Hartwell Lake.

“The Corps and LHA encourage local groups and individuals to go a step further to help keep the lake clean by adopting an area of shoreline or an island to keep clean year round,” Bowen said.

“Our goal is to change the mindset and transition from a once a year cleaning to an ‘Adopt-A-Park’ type mentality to keep the lake clean year round through a strong volunteer effort”, said Hartwell Project Natural Resources Program Manager Kenneth Bedenbaugh.

At the conclusion of the campaign, the Lake Hartwell Association and Corps of Engineers will host a hot dog and hamburger picnic to honor all volunteers. They will hold the celebration at the Big Oaks Recreation Area in Hartwell, Georgia on April 22 at noon. A limited number of prizes for free camping and picnic shelter rentals at Corps-operated parks on Hartwell will also be raffled off to some lucky winners.

Groups and individuals can still sign up. To register for the week-long event, or for more information regarding adopting a section of the lake, please contact Natural Resources Specialist Dale Bowen at 888-893-0678, ext. 348 or by email at

“We hope volunteers will take photos of their clean-up efforts,” Bowen said. The photos may be posted on the Corps of Engineers’ website. Send photos to

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