By Ashley Rader
The cleanup will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and will last until about 3 p.m. when all volunteers will be treated to a celebration picnic.
Mary Salter, president of Our Community Gives Back, started the cleanup four years ago to help clean up litter and trash along the shoreline of the lake and the surface of the water.
“I saw the need for the lake cleanup,” Salter said. “Watauga Lake is source of pride for this community and year after year the community has gotten behind the cleanup 100 percent. All that live here and visit here want to see the lake clean and beautiful and the cleanup is an important way we can ensure it stays just that way.”
Salter said trash levels on the lake have held steady after the initial cleanup four years ago. She said she expects there to be increased litter this year because of recent heavy rains and high levels at the lake. She noted there has already been more styrofoam floating in the lake after the heavier rains.