"Twenty-five or 30 years ago, the lake was anywhere from 4 to 10 feet deep. Now it's from 4 inches to 3 feet, max," said Borough Council President James Redstreake, an organizer of the first large-scale cleanup in several years. The water level will be further lowered to facilitate removal of debris, including tires and shopping carts.
Volunteers are invited to assemble at 9 a.m. Saturday at Crystal Springs Park, Lakeview and Elma Avenues. Borough firefighters, members of the South Jersey Land and Water Trust, local Scout troops, and residents of neighboring Lindenwold and Stratford plan to pitch in.
"We hope to make the lake as pristine as possible," said Elizabeth Kuehner Smith, a Floridian whose family has owned land along the water for generations. Her group, Friends of Laurel Lake, seeks to preserve that ground as open space "in perpetuity."
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