The Shoreline Clean Up program reaches an unfortunate milestone this year. That is, 25 years of being a necessary effort here in the Lake Area. Since the program began, there are now two efforts every year, one during the spring and another during the fall season. Brian Vance, coordinator for the program, says the recent effort involved 68 people who represented 11 adopted groups. Those groups were able to tackle 70 miles of shoreline removing some eight tons of trash and debris.
The amount of trash removed this year was, perhaps, only one-third of recent totals for the cleanup. Vance credits a ban on non-encapsulated foam for the lower numbers. But, despite the ban on that foam, more than five-and-a-half million pounds of trash and other debris have been removed from the lake over the past 25 years.