Longwood residents invited to wade in to help the environment

April 15, 2018 by  

Non-native apple snails can be harmful to the ecosystem, and residents of Longwood will be able to do a good turn for the environment by helping to remove them from Lake Knowles.

The project, which has been organized by the City of Winter Parks Lake Division, will see members of the public wade in to remove the intrusive mollusks. All ages are welcome, but minors will need to have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Those who wish to take part in the project are asked to arrive at the intersection of Elm Avenue and Lake Knowles Circle by 8:00 am on the day of the event. They will be issued bags and buckets as well as litter grabbers and gloves to pick up the snails. Water and snack bars will be provided, but the participants are asked to bring along a reusable water bottle. They are also reminded to dressed appropriately for the task at hand and wear closed toes shoes. Print shops can provide specially designed T-shirts that can be worn by the organizers during an event like this to help make them more visible to those who will be volunteering in the project.

This day of hands-on environmental action has been planned for the morning of April 28. Anyone who has question or who wants to find out more has been asked to contact sustainability@cityofwinterpark.org for further details.