FWC News Release

Project EAGLE volunteers needed

Contact: Gary Morse, (863) 648-3200

Project EAGLE, an environmental cleanup of lakes in the Winter Haven area and one of the most successful community-driven projects of its kind, is approaching its 14th anniversary. Volunteers are needed on Sat., April 28, from 8 a.m. to noon to help in this year’s effort. All participants will receive a free T-shirt with the famous Project EAGLE logo adorning the front. Texas Cattle Co. will provide lunch at Lake Shipp Park.

“What makes Project EAGLE successful are the more than 400 volunteers who participate annually in this cleanup effort,” said Gary Morse, public information coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Southwest Region.

EAGLE stands for Enhancing A Great Living Environment. Last year volunteers removed more than 4,500 pounds of trash and 651 discarded tires from area lakes. This year, sponsors hope for an even greater turnout.

Volunteers should bring gloves and a net or pike pole for removing trash; however sponsors will provide gloves and trash bags to those who do not have them. Volunteers can walk the perimeters of lakes or bring their boats.

Seven staging areas and collection sites have been established in Winter Haven and Lakeland for the cleanup. Volunteers can sign up at Lake Shipp on CR 655, Lake Howard on NE Lake Howard Dr. or at South Lake Howard Nature Park, Lake Cannon on 26th St. NW, Lake Summit, Lake Hartridge on Havendale Boulevard, or Lake Parker in Lakeland on U.S. Highway 92 at Sertoma Park.

Locally, Project EAGLE is sponsored by the FWC, Keep Winter Haven Clean and Beautiful, Get Reel, Winter Haven The Chain of Lakes City, Lakeland Clean and Beautiful, Keep Polk County Beautiful and the Kissimmee River Valley Sportsman Association. Area business sponsors include Wilson Printing, Texas Cattle Co. and Old Man Frank’s Restaurant. These sponsors and various local clubs and businesses contribute substantial amounts of supplies, services and cash to ensure the success of the project.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Keep Winter Haven Clean and Beautiful at (863) 291-5662, Lakeland Clean and Beautiful at (863) 834-3306 or the FWC at (863) 648 3206 during regular business hours.