SPARTA — Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, a Saturday this year, and community members will be celebrating with an annual Community Clean Up. Lakes, rivers and streams are abundant in Sparta and Byram. Spring rains fill up these bodies of water. Along with rainwater- garbage, cigarette filters and other waste drain into our waterways.

Last year we had well over 100 volunteers participate in cleaning up our community. More than 100 bags of trash and 20 full bags of recyclables were collected in just a few hours. By participating in the “Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation Celebrates Earth Day” event, you can beautify your neighborhood and prevent waste from entering our waterways during spring and summer rains.

Pledge to participate in this Earth Day event. Supplies will be provided. Let us know that you want to help by contacting Craig Kalucki at Craigk@thesimpleclean.com. Our event leaders will assist you in choosing an area to cleanup. Last year our volunteers removed over 10,000 nonbiodegradable cigarette filters in just a few hours.

The Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation is also planning an Earth Day Volunteer Pre-Celebration Event at the Lake House Cafe in White Deer Plaza on Friday evening, April 21 beginning at 5:00 pm. Supplies will be distributed and light refreshments will be served. For those who cannot make it to this event, volunteers will also be able to pick up supplies for the Earth Day clean up on Saturday morning at the Lake House Cafe.

Call or email Event Coordinator Craig Kalucki NOW at CraigK@thesimpleclean.com or 908-670-9473. You can also leave a message on our Facebook Page/Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation to let us know you will participate. Organize your group, or plan to participate as an individual. We can help you choose a location to clean up that is close to your home or in an area that you have an interest in cleaning up.

The Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation is an independent, all volunteer organization committed to protecting and sustaining our region’s aquifers. This group is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization and your donations and underwriting support are, in general, tax deductible. Your donations help us fund innovative projects that support lake water quality and impact the Wallkill River watershed through research, demonstration projects, education and preservation of our environment.

We hope everyone living in our watersheds participates in this community wide event. For more information view our Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation Facebook Page or our website: lakemohawkcc.com/html/lake-foundation.cfm