A total of 184 volunteers participated in the annual Lake Cleanup Day at Lake Junaluska, held this past Saturday, March 7. Despite the frigid temperature and brisk winds, volunteers poked and prodded over 3 miles of shoreline, in an effort to uncover all the trash that has built up over the past year.
The “core” of volunteers for every Lake Junaluska Cleanup Day up are the Junaluskan families and property owners. This year 71 Junaluskans braved the elements to lead the clean up efforts. Many new groups and volunteers emerged to help give Lake Junaluska an early—and thorough—spring cleaning. A total of 112 volunteers came from the communities of Waynesville, Clyde, Maggie Valley and Asheville. Volunteer groups included: Boy Scout Troop 370 and its associated Cub Scout Pack from Long’s Chapel; the Tuscola Key Club; Haywood Waterways; members of the “Clean & Green” team, a PreK through 5th grade children’s group from First United Methodist Church; members of First United Methodist Church’s Youth Group; and members of the Smoky Mountain Hiker’s Club.
In all, 184 bags of trash were collected, each filled with an assortment of plastic bottles, broken glass, fishing lures and line, aluminum cans of every kind of beverage, plastic straws and Styrofoam…lot and lots of Styrofoam. Boy Scout Troop 370 spearheaded the effort to remove a massive buildup of driftwood along the Memorial Chapel Parking Lot. This area consistently catches the most debris, as westerly winds send logs and limbs directly onto this area of Lake Junaluska. Over 40 cubic yards of logs, driftwood, and construction debris were gleaned from nearly a quarter mile of rocky shoreline.
“We are grateful for large number of volunteers this year who came to help us with our clean up effort,” said Lake Cleanup Day Project Coordinator Jim Pearson. “The huge turnout also allowed us to clean County Road, Highway 19, and Access Road. These roads surround our lake, and need cleaning regularly. Trash carelessly thrown along highway 19 easily migrates its way into the lake, with the assistance of a westerly breeze.’
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Lake Junaluska Communications