Lake Mohawk’s Annual Earth Day Celebration was held on Saturday, May 4. 2019, marking the fifth consecutive year that residents of Lake Mohawk and surrounding communities came together for a unified environmental cleaning effort and celebration event.
“Each year, we are cleaning up less and less garbage, which is something to celebrate. However, as we move forward our focus will still remain on educating our youth and the community on the dangers of plastics and cigarette butt filters in and around Lake Mohawk and the Wallkill watershed,” commented Craig Kalucki, Earth Day Event Chairman and Vice President, Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation (LMPF). “Our job is done when the next Earth Day Cleanup comes around, and volunteers are commenting that there is no garage to pick up. I think that’s is our ultimate goal,” continued Kalucki.
During the Lake Mohawk Celebrates Earth Day event, over 80 volunteers within the community came together to make a physical impact on the Sussex County environment. Over 40 bags of trash and 15 bags of recyclables were pulled from the roads and water lines. Most notably, over 17 volunteers from Girl Scout Troops #6565 and #5365 including scouts, parents, and siblings even pulled a tire from the lake.
The Lake Mohawk community may look forward to an even larger event and celebration in 2020 as Earth Day marks its 50th year. Until then, LMPF hopes our community stays excited about protecting our area’s lakes, rivers, and aquifers all year round. As you enjoy summer activities around Lake Mohawk and the surrounding communities, celebrate Earth Day every day by bringing an empty bag with you to pick up litter along the way.