Water Guardians kick off clean-up of reservoirs April 23

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A new county program aimed at cleaning water reservoirs is enlisting the help of residents with access to kayaks and canoes.

The first scheduled lake cleanup for the program, named Water Guardians, is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in connection with the county’s Earth Day event. The inaugural cleanup will target Lake Kedron in Peachtree City off Peachtree Parkway.

“It is vitally important to keep local water reservoirs clean of pollutants,” according to a county spokesperson.

The group working that day will be led by Commissioner Steve Brown. The county will supply bottled water, trash bags and trash grabbers for picking up trash from the lake.

“The Water Guardians program is a great opportunity for my fellow water lovers with kayaks and canoes to give back to the community and protect our drinking water,” said Brown. “We have needed a program like this for a long time.”

Each participant who signs-up for the Lake Kedron project by April 15 will receive a free Water Guardians T-shirt.

In accordance with lake rules, no one under age 14 is allowed to operate a kayak or canoe solo. All participants must have a life vest and everyone will be asked to sign a liability waiver in order to take part in this exciting new event.

There is also a need for small jon boats to bring the full trash bags back to the boat docks.

To register for this event, contact WaterGuardians@fayettecountyga.gov and include your name, daytime phone number, contact email address and T-shirt size.

In the event of rain, a makeup date will be sent by email to all registrants.

Other lake cleanups will be announced in the coming months.