COOPERSTOWN _ The annual Otsego Lake Cleanup Day will be held Sunday starting at 11 a.m.

The event _ now in its 37th year _ aims to clean up debris from the lake shoreline and allow participants to execute a search for invasive, exotic species in and around the lake.

The Biological Field Station barge will pick up trash in the afternoon starting at the north end of the lake. Lake-side property owners are asked to leave refuse, from the lake only, at the ends of their docks or other equally accessible locations so that boats can pick up and ferry the materials to the barge.

Metal, glass, plastic and wood items are acceptable. Separate materials to facilitate recycling, and garbage, brush or household trash will not be accepted.

People should designate items that are to be removed to prevent volunteers from removing more than they should. The importance of clearly marking what is to be picked up and removed cannot be stressed enough, organizers said. If items are not clearly marked for removal, they will not be picked up.

Interested participants will be briefed about what species are “most unwanted.”

Call the Biological Field Station at 282-4188 if you are interested in helping out on Lake Cleanup Day.

Since the Biological Field Station will be charged fees at the recycling center, donations to help offset costs would be appreciated, officials said.

Donations can be made to the Oneonta Foundation _ BFS, 7027 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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