LAKE THURMOND (WFXG) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for volunteers for the annual Thurmond Lake cleanup campaign, starting Aug. 27 and ending on National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.
Volunteers are needed to pick up litter and debris along public lands and waters of the lake, including the shoreline, islands, recreation areas, coves, old road ends and bridge areas.
Scouting groups, civic organizations, sports clubs, church groups, businesses, families and individuals are welcome to participate. Volunteers should sign up in advance at the Visitor Center by calling 864-333-1129 or by submitting a registration form available online.
Completed forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Thurmond Project Office at 510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, SC 29821. Forms may also be faxed to 864-333-1150 or e-mailed to CESAS-OP-T@usace.army.mil.
Volunteers can choose an area of shoreline and remove any glass, paper, plastic or abandoned items. Trash bags will be available at the Visitor Center, or volunteers can bring their own bags. Collected trash can be dropped off at trash receptacles near Corps-operated boat ramps.
All volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and long pants and bring plenty of water. Volunteers should plan to arrive a few minutes early for check-in and a safety briefing. Targeted areas for project improvements include: trail maintenance, underbrushing, bluebird boxes and litter cleanup in parks that are not currently serviced.
Volunteers are also invited to a community cleanup and picnic from 8 a.m. to noon on National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27. The check-in location is the West Dam Recreation Area group shelter located at 3946 West Dam Park Road, Appling, Georgia 30802.
In the event of severe weather conditions, National Public Lands Day events will be canceled. No rain date is scheduled.