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Soggy winter leads group to creating second Shore Sweep
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Norman Loyd, a volunteer, throws a chair into a dumpster at the Gainesville Marina site during the annual Shore Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 15. - photo by Kaylee Martin

Lake Lanier Association has added a spring Shore Sweep to address a rainy winter, but with officials urging participants to follow social distancing and all local COVID-19-related regulations.

“The fast rising, high water we experienced this winter, has created a significant amount of trash, large and small, along the shoreline of Lake Lanier,” states a press release from the Gainesville-based group, which holds an annual fall sweep.

Spring shore sweep

What: Cleanup event added after wet winter

Where: Lake Lanier shoreline

More info: 770-503-7757 or

Dumpsters won’t be provided for small items, as “this is a special cleanup event,” LLA says.

The group asks participants to use their own trash service to get rid of that trash.

Styrofoam, lumber and metal dock debris can be dropped off from now until Sunday, April 5, at Gwinnett Park and sites off Young Deer Creek, Latham Creek and Sportsman Club Drive.

Signs “will indicate where to secure the trash to the shoreline and what dumpster to use,” the association says. “Do your best to secure large pieces to prevent them from floating away.”

The Army Corps of Engineers and several businesses are helping with large item collection.

Participants are asked not to bring “forest waste,” such as trees and logs, and are to contact the association office if they find a tire dump, “so we can mark it for removal when we can send a crew.”

LLA can be reached at 770-503-7757 or

A photo contest also is being held as part of the event. Photos of people participating in the event can be emailed to or posted on social media tagging Lake Lanier Association and #shoresweep.

Prizes are gift cards to Lake Lanier Association business sponsors.

“Photos will be judged by a panel of judges based on following social distancing, best photo, creativeness, showing off your unique trash finds, best youth or youth at heart,” according to LLA.

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