Wednesday, September 29, 2010

“October Philpott Lake Shoreline Clean-Up Planned”

Philpott Lake is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled recreational lakes in the State of Virginia. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the non-profit group, Friends of Philpott are organizing a shoreline clean-up for Saturday, October 9, 2010 and would like to invite volunteers to assist with the clean-up.

Volunteers with all types of boats and watercraft are invited to assist with the clean-up. Groups that do not have access to boats are encouraged to walk some of the trails that skirt the shoreline and pick up litter along the trails.

Participants will be able to launch their craft for free on the day of the clean-up and will receive a coupon which is good for another free launch from any boat ramp surrounding the lake. In addition, they will receive a small gift and refreshments before the event starts.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in this National Public Lands Day event. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide the bags needed to collect the litter.

Volunteer are asked to dress in appropriate clothing, to bring gloves and life jackets. All volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 A.M. at the picnic shelter located at the lookout near the visitor’s center at 1058 Philpott Dam Road in Bassett Virginia.

All participants will meet at the shelter to sign up for the event, receive their gifts and receive instructions. Areas have been identified for the clean up and participants will disburse to launch their boats and head out to the targeted areas. The clean up will conclude at 1 P.ME. and all the bags of trash and debris will be transported back to the boat ramps.

Philpott Lake is an asset to the area and the surrounding counties. Visitors come to enjoy the unspoiled mountain expanses, serene beauty and it is an outstanding recreational destination. “We encourage you to volunteer your time and enjoy this national environmental event.” The event will be held rain or shine. Please contact Mary Lawson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 276-629-4512, ext. 227 or Lois Christensen with Friends of Philpott at 276-638-3207 for further information.

Contributed by: Linda Drage