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Water Festival Features Cleanup, Shoreline Plantings, Music

The St. Johns River Water Management District, the town of Oakland, the Oakland Nature Preserve and the city of Winter Garden are sponsoring "Florida's Water: It's Worth Celebrating" Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oakland Nature Preserve.

The event will include a Lake Apopka shoreline cleanup, shoreline planting, informational booths, tours and children's activities, such as making water cycle wrist bands and playing water conservation bean bag toss. The event is also scheduled to include live music.

The Oakland Nature Preserve is a 128-acre preserve located at 747 Machete Trail in Oakland. It features a 2/3-mile boardwalk through natural wetlands leading to a covered pavilion on Lake Apopka, numerous hiking trails, habitat gardens and a visitor center.

Scheduled exhibitors include the cities of Orlando and Winter Garden, the town of Oakland, Friends of Lake Apopka, Lake County Adopt a Lake, Lake County Water Authority, Orange County Water Division, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Orange County Environmental Protection Division, and the Florida Youth Conservation Center Network.

Volunteers are needed for the Lake Apopka shoreline cleanup at Newton Park in Winter Garden from 8 to 9 a.m. and for the shoreline planting at the Tubb Street Dock in Oakland from 9 to 10 a.m. To volunteer or for more information, contact Maryann Krisovitch at or (352) 434-5025.