View from back of a motor boat of a man guiding the train of trash behind the boat as they haul it to shore.

A train of encapsulated flotation is being hauled to shore.

The fourth Saturday of September is a special day for Lake Lanier. It’s Shore Sweep day, and this year more than 1,600 volunteers showed up to clean up the lake, its waters and shorelines.

“This is a brand-new record for the number of volunteers at Shore Sweep,” said Amy McGuire, executive director of the lake-advocacy organization. “Our dedicated volunteers collected more than 80 tons of trash, garbage, rubbish at this year’s event and our volunteers and sponsors made the event a great day for the lake and helped us further raise awareness for Lake Lanier.”

In addition to the day-of collections at 13 sites around the lake, the organization opened seven advance drop-off locations two weeks before the event.

“With more people helping, less trash collected and more efficient collection processes through the use of equipment provided by United Rentals, that’s an incredible demonstration of the lake’s cleanliness – and mindfulness of lake goers.”

McGuire said that encapsulated foam continues to be a major concern for the lake, although it seems like less was collected than last year.

“Hats off to everyone who participated and of course to all our amazing sponsors and community partners,” McGuire said. “Our annual lake clean-up is not possible without the teamwork for this labor of love of all who come together to give the lake some much-needed TLC.”

For more info or to join the Lake Lanier Association (LLA), visit, or call 770 744-4547.