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Lake cleanup organizers ask residents for a hand Sunday

Local - 8/16/2013 4:55 PM by Karen Franklin
SUMMERSVILLE - Local nature enthusiasts are asking for the help of residents to clean up a West Virginia summer attraction.

Organizers with Adventures on the Gorge, ACE Adventure Resort and Water Stone Outdoors are hoping to have a big turnout at Summersville Lake Sunday.

"Now is a perfect time to get out," Adventures on the Gorge guide, Melanie Seiler, said. "We're starting to see a bit of cooler weather. We want to make the most of every last summer day."

Volunteers can clean trash from the water on paddleboards provided by the companies, or pick up litter on the trails surrounding the lake.

Organizers say cleaning the shoreline will make a big difference and encourage a "Leave No Trace" ethic.

"Everybody uses this as a summertime playground, and not everybody shares that 'LNT' ethic, but there are a handful of locals and outdoor enthusiasts in the area that really are passionate about keeping nature pretty pristine and keeping their playground cleaned up," Spencer Martel of Water Stone Outdoors told Newswatch.

Organizers also hope guests enjoy the beauty of the area and broaden the network of outdoor enthusiasts.

The lake cleanup is set for Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Salmon Run boat launch. Volunteers are asked to bring their own life vests.

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