HARTWELL, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, Hartwell Dam and Lake Project Office is seeking volunteers for the fall “Splash Away the Trash” event on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, in support of National Public Lands Day.
Families, friends, scout groups, civic organizations, church groups, schools, sport clubs, and businesses, can volunteer to help keep the lake clean by gathering litter and other non-natural debris along the shoreline and islands in and around Hartwell Lake.
“This year, we are excited to once again be partnering with Lake Hartwell Partners for Clean Water on the clean up,” said Hartwell Lake Chief Ranger Tanya Grant. “Lake Hartwell Partners for Clean Water is made up of government agencies and local organizations who promote source water protection for Hartwell Lake. Hartwell Lake is one of the top visited Corps lakes in the U.S., and the lake’s popularity also results in litter along shorelines, in coves, and on islands, so we need the public’s help in keeping the lake clean.”
There will be eight staffed locations where volunteers can pick up bags and additional supplies from Sept. 30 from 9 a.m.-noon: Big Oaks Recreation Area, Green Pond Landing, Hurricane Creek Access, Lake Hartwell State Park, Sadlers Creek State Park, Seneca Creek Landing, Tugaloo State Park, and Twin Lakes Boat Ramp.
Volunteers should register in advance and may select one of the above listed areas to clean or choose their own location such as a shoreline, an island, or an access area convenient to them. Volunteers can arrive by boat or vehicle to pick up supplies or drop-off collected trash. Collected trash may be dropped off at the listed locations throughout the weekend.
To register, go to the Corps Hartwell Lake Website to view the cleanup flyer and register by QR code or visit the Lake Hartwell Partners for Clean Water https://www.lakehartwellpcw.com/. For questions, please contact Corps Chief Ranger Tanya Grant at 706-856-0300, ext. 0323 or Sadlers Creek State Park Manager Raymond Felton at 864-226-8950.
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