Pontoon boat serves as floating classroom on Georgia lake

Pontoon boat serves as floating classroom on Georgia lake

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) - A 42-foot pontoon boat on West Point Lake is serving as a floating classroom for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

Named the Miss Sally after the nonprofit's founder, Sally Bethea, has been taking children and adults on tours of the lake for more than a year. The LaGrange Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2b5qdsO ) roughly 2,400 people have come aboard for lessons on water quality and lake ecology since the project launched.

Laura Breyfogle, one of the floating classroom's teachers, says the conservation group wants people to know it's safe to swim and fish in West Point Lake, which developed a reputation in the 1980s for being polluted.

In the 1990s, the riverkeeper sued Atlanta over clean water violations. Conservationists say 100 miles of the river, including West Point Lake, are now much cleaner.

Information from: LaGrange Daily News, http://www.lagrangenews.com

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