This week on Earthlinks, Deb Biechler talks about the cleaning responsibilities of lake visitors. She interviews Sue Jones about the shoreline debris collection program. They only collect lake debris- trash, dead fish, detritus- not lawn waste or household trash. During the two weeks, Lake Mendota and Lake Kegonsa residents will have the waste collected on the 24th of July through the following week. Pickup for Lake Monona and Waubesa residents begins July 31st. They ask that everything be prepared for pickup by the first day of collection. The barges will run, rain or shine, but won’t go in lightning storm. Make sure there’s at least two feet of water so the barge can get up to the pier. Dane County is working to help reduce the invasive species that are plaguing Wisconsin, and if you spend a lot of time near the lakes, whether you live there or participate in aquatic recreation, you can help. They want to hear your opinion in a five-minute survey at danewaters.com.