Friday, May 10, 2013

Lehigh Acres’ Groups Work to Cleanup Lehigh

In an effort to beautify Lehigh Acres and help improve water quality, East County Water Control District (ECWCD), the Lehigh Community Initiative, Lennar Homes, and V Ventures have joined together to host a cleanup event at Halfway Pond on Saturday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at Milwaukee Blvd. ¾ mile west of Homestead Rd.

Community members and organizations are invited to participate in a cleanup event at Halfway Pond.

“We have seen an increase in ATV use, illegal dumping, partying, and littering in the Halfway Pond area,” said David E. Lindsay, ECWCD District Manager. “This cleanup is the first step in a long process to clean up the area, prevent illegal activity and help restore the natural balance to the property.”

The District’s preserve acres at Halfway Pond provide great water quality enhancements and ground water recharge. According to Lindsay, the removal of trash and debris from this will enhance water quality in both surface and groundwater. The Halfway Pond area is comprised of properties own by Lennar Homes, V Ventures and ECWCD.

ECWCD is dedicated to preserving and protecting water resources in Lehigh Acres.

“We are currently working on a plan with private property owners in Halfway Pond to ensure this area is no longer used for illegal activities such as ATV use and illegal dumping as these are both concerns for public safety,” said Lindsay.

The Lehigh Community Initiative is dedicated to beautifying the Lehigh Acres Community. The group of dedicated volunteers works year round to help change the image of Lehigh Acres by removing trash, monitoring code enforcement violations, creating Neighborhood Watch groups, informing residents and assisting with self-sufficiency as well as creating quality programs for the youth in Lehigh Acres.

Lennar Home and V Ventures along with local area businesses like Vision Ace Hardware and Sweetbay have helped support the event through donations of items such as trash bags, dumpsters, etc.
Individuals and groups are welcome to join in the volunteer effort. Registration for the free event is requested. Call 239-477-1485 by Friday, May 10, to sign up.
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