In observance of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, the Finger Lakes Institute is once again coordinating a community coastal cleanup event along the northern shoreline of Seneca Lake, in cooperation with the City of Geneva and Seneca Lake State Park. In years past, this effort has resulted in the removal of more than 300 pounds of litter and debris from the lake and shoreline. This year’s cleanup event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Families, organizations, school groups, scout troops, 4H clubs, and individuals are invited to participate in this public service activity. All registered participants will split into teams and be provided with trash bags and data sheets to record the specific types and quantities of lake debris found. The data collected will be used to better identify sources of pollution and help find solutions for preventing it. Lunch will be provided to volunteers.
The northern shoreline of Seneca Lake is heavily used throughout the year by community members and visitors for picnicking, walking/running, school functions, special occasions, dog walking, sporting events, boating, and community events. It is an integral part of life in Geneva and the surrounding communities.
To participate, volunteers meet at the Seneca Lake State Park Shelter #3. Transportation from campus will be provided from the FLI (601 S. Main St.) at 9:45 a.m., and will return at 1:15 p.m. It is recommended participants wear closed-toe shoes and a wind break layer. Children under 12 must be supervised. For groups larger than two, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org of your intentions to volunteer so that refreshments are appropriately provided.