LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – More than 100 volunteers came to Lake Junaluska on Saturday morning to help clean out more than eight tons of trash from the lake.
“This is the largest turnout we’ve had in recent years,” said Ken Howle, executive director of Lake Junaluska. “We are thankful for the volunteers who came from all parts of Haywood County to participate. This outpouring of support and teamwork shows how much people love this place. We also appreciate the support of the Junaluskans and the volunteer leadership of Ken Zulla, who worked closely with the staff on creating a successful day.”
The lake drawdown, which began in January, resulted in lowered water levels ideal for picking up debris that had collected along the shorelines and the bottom of the lake. Now that the cleanup and dredging is completed, the lake is being re-filled. It should be completely full by April 1, depending on the rain.
Cleanup volunteers focused on seven key areas around the property, including lakeshore locations behind Memorial Chapel, along the Rose Walk, near the boat launch and on the south side of the lake. Coffee, snacks and supplies such as garbage bags, litter sticks and gloves were provided by the Junaluskans, a volunteer group at Lake Junaluska.
In addition to picking up smaller pieces of trash, many volunteers took it upon themselves to remove large branches, pipes and tires from the lake.
Volunteers Laura and David Willis, who live on nearby Eagles Nest Mountain, said they attended the event because they love Lake Junaluska.
“I like walking here and I like the beauty. The experience today was fun, and I think it’s a good community event,” said Laura Willis.
Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com.