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700 pounds of trash collected at south Augusta lake

Volunteers cleaned up a lot of this trash at a south Augusta lake, but the work is not done.
Volunteers cleaned up a lot of this trash at a south Augusta lake, but the work is not done.(WRDW)
Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 12:38 PM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Volunteers with Savannah Riverkeeper and Veterans for Clean Water spent Thursday afternoon removing an estimated 700 pounds of trash from a south Augusta lake.

A retention pond between the campuses of Augusta Technical College and the Richmond County Career Technical Magnet School was becoming a community eyesore, the Savannah Riverkeeper said.

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South Augusta lake cleanup

Savannah Riverkeeper Executive Director Tonya Bonitatibus said, “It’s obvious that this is litter coming from stormwater runoff along I-520 and nearby parking lots.”

“The trash along banks and in the lake itself not only is a turnoff to people passing by, but can also harm physical habitats, transport chemical pollutants, threaten aquatic life, and interfere with human interaction with the water,” the organization said in a statement.

Thursday’s cleanup made a significant improvement to the shoreline, but volunteers will be back at the lake from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

You can sign up to help at https://www.savannahriverkeeper.org/volunteer.

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