Event: Volunteers needed for Rivers Alive cleanup

5 10 2008

 

Times-Herald

The tenth annual Georgia Waterway Cleanup is expected to once again be the largest single volunteer effort to beautify Georgia’s water resources.

Many Georgia residents will wade into rivers, lakes and streams as part of the continuing statewide campaign to clean and preserve more than 70,000 miles of Georgia’s rivers and streams.

The effort will be part of Rivers Alive, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Division’s Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Department of Community Affairs’ Keep Georgia Beautiful Program.  Coweta County’s Rivers Alive Clean-up is sponsored by the Coweta County Cooperative Extension office and 4-H Club and the Coweta County Development and Engineering Department.

Rivers Alive was organized in 1999 as an effort to unite various river cleanup organizations working throughout Georgia since the early 1990s. Since its formation, Rivers Alive has experienced tremendous growth.

During the 2007 river cleanup 25,028 volunteers cleaned more than 2,310 miles of waterways and removed more than 748,306 pounds of trash and garbage including tires, shingles, balls and washing machines from Georgia’s waterways, according to Harold Harbert, Outreach Coordinator with the Environmental Protection Division.

Private donations from corporations and local businesses and event planners across the state have helped to make the program successful, but it is volunteers who are concerned about the environment and are prepared to take action to clean and protect local watershed areas who insure the continued success of the program.

Volunteers can help the local 4-H clean area waterways and watersheds by participating in the Rivers Alive cleanup Oct. 11. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the horse arena, Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. Vans and carpools will be available to transport participants to the cleanup sites.

The first 50 volunteers to register will receive a free T-shirt. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Call the Coweta County Extension Office at 770 254-2620 to sign up.

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