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More than 40 tons of trash collected in Shore Sweep

LAWRENCEVILLE - Volunteers collected 42 tons of trash at the annual Lake Lanier Shore Sweep in September.

More than 1,300 volunteers gathered to pick up Styrofoam and garbage at the 19th annual event.

Jackie Joseph, president of the Lake Lanier Association, said an additional sweep in April raised the total for the year to 50 tons of garbage.

"Shore Sweep was created to prevent and eliminate pollution from Lake Lanier, a drinking water source for four and a half million Georgians," Joseph said in a press release. "The level of participation in this year's event was incredible, and the low lake level exposed more trash for the volunteers to remove."

Several organizations and counties around the lake helped with Shore Sweep. S&S Hardware and Mower in Buford provided trash bags, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rangers led a cleanup on islands in the lake using boats donated by Lake Lanier Islands.