Volunteers clean up trash at Lake Ronkonkoma

A group of volunteers teamed up with the goal to clean a once-pristine body of water on Long Island.

More than 50 volunteers from the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group picked up trash and debris at the lake on Saturday.

More than 50 volunteers from the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group picked up trash and debris at the lake on Saturday. (8/27/16)

RONKONKOMA - A group of volunteers teamed up with the goal to clean a once-pristine body of water on Long Island.

More than 50 volunteers from the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group picked up trash and debris at the lake on Saturday.

"There's always a lot of glass bottles which makes me very nervous," says resident Mandi Marcello. "So I just wanted to make sure I was down here picking it all up."

Along with the garbage, crews have also picked up dead trees and branches throughout the property.

As News 12 has reported, residents have been fed up with the condition of the historic property and organized the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group a few weeks ago.

The group says it has been frustrating trying to get the area cleaned up since portions of the property are owned by the towns of Smithtown, Brookhaven and Islip as well as Suffolk County.

On Saturday, the Town of Brookhaven provided dumpsters and garbage bags for the volunteers, and the county says it will clean up the site in September.

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