Clean­ing up New­ton County’s wa­ter­ways with Rivers Alive

The Covington News - - Local News - By Rachel Oswald roswald@cov­

Next Satur­day, Keep Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton Beau­ti­ful will once again host the an­nual county rivers cleanup event, Rivers Alive.

Vol­un­teers will gather at the Cov­ing­ton square at 8 a. m. on Oct. 18 where they will re­ceive break­fast and a free T- shirt. Vol­un­teers will then be split into teams and given maps of the sec­tions of rivers to be cleaned up.

Rivers Alive will fo­cus on the pub­lic ac­cess point of area rivers ( typ­i­cally where the road crosses a river) dur­ing the cleanup, beginning with the Al­covy River, which will be the chief fo­cus of the day’s cleanup ef­forts. De­pend­ing on the num­ber of vol­un­teers, the Yel­low River and the South River may also re­ceive cleanup at­ten­tion.

“ We ’ r e ex­pect­ing large groups of vol­un­teers,” said KCNB Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Con­nie Waller, adding that vol­un­teers are wel­come to se­lect which river ar­eas they wish to clean up. “ Last year we had close to 300 vol­un­teers so we hope to have at least that many this year.”

At­ten­dees are ad­vised to wear long pants and shoes that they don’t mind get­ting wet Waller said. “ They prob­a­bly should bring some sort of bug spray and gloves,” she added.

I n past Rivers Alive events, ca­noes have been used to travel down the Al­covy River dur­ing cleanup ef­forts, but Waller said she did not know if the river would be high enough this year to war­rant such ac­tions.

Fol­low­ing the cleanup, vol­un­teers will come to­geth- er at noon at the Ge­or­gia Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion, lo­cated at 11600 Hazel­brand Road, for lunch, a river rally and some ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the event or to sign up, call KCNB at ( 770) 784- 2015 or by e- mail at new­ton­clean@ co. new­ton. ga. us. How­ever regis­tra­tion is not needed to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

“ If they don’t get a chance to sign up, they can just show up,” Waller said.

Rivers Alive is spon­sored lo­cally by the city of Cov­ing­ton, Ge­or­gia Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion, Keep Cov­ing­ton/ New­ton Beau­ti­ful and the New­ton County Wa­ter & Sew­er­age Au­thor­ity.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Hard at work:

Vol­un­teers at last year’s Rivers Alive event help pick up trash along the river bank

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