Lake Mitchell HOBO takes an active interest in environmental issues that either affect or have the potential to impact Lake Mitchell such as
the excess soil erosion and the illegal releases of potentially toxic chemicals into Walnut Creek
the water policy debate in the State that could impact the entire Coosa River water basin which includes Lake Mitchell as well as all other water resources in the State
the proposed possibility of a graphite mine in Coosa County near the lake.
The Renew Our Rivers lake cleanup event held every spring and fall is another way HOBO mobilizes action to help keep our lake clean and have a positive impact on the environment.
But we also do more.
Our sponsorship of the Water Festival each spring for local fourth graders and our high school Scholarship Program demonstrate that we also care about educating our community young students on the importance of our lake environment and conservation and preservation of our precious water resources.
These are “big” programs that keep our focus on improving our Lake environment. But even with all this attention, we need your help. Mahatma Gandhi also once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
So, as you enjoy this summer season, remember how your actions can benefit our lake environment. When you are doing your yard work, remove your cuttings and other debris from the water’s edge so that weather won’t send them into the lake. As you enjoy the flowers and lush, green vegetation, remember how herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers can get into the Lake and make sure you don’t over apply. Ensure your applications are placed on your plants and yards in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions.
If you see any of the non-native, invasive aquatic plants like water hyacinth, water lettuce, watermilfoil, and hydrilla, please call 1-800-LAKES11. Your report could help prevent the spread of these plants in our lakes.
And finally, if you know of any environmental issues that HOBO needs to be concerned with, have ideas on how to improve our environment, or want to volunteer on our environmental committee, please contact any HOBO Board Member.