The Lake Lanier Association Shore Sweep 2016 event Sept. 27 collected more than 50 tons of debris from Lake Lanier. Hall County sites alone contributed 23.76 tons to that total number.
Sites participating in Hall County included Aqualand and Gainesville marinas, Balus Creek and Big Creek boat launch sites, Don Carter State Park, Lanier Islands, and Lake Lanier Olympic and Longwood parks.
While the event is volunteer-based, with more than 1,100 volunteers coming out to help, support from local municipalities was also involved. Hall County government provided roll-off dumpsters and other large equipment, with the city of Gainesville and Keep Hall Beautiful providing both equipment and support services, and a host of different service providers around the lake contributing labor and equipment make it possible to gather the debris, place it in appropriate disposal containers and move it to the landfill.