Un­veil Yel­low River’s hid­den gems

The Covington News - - Local News - EL­IZ­A­BETH PARK news@cov­news.com

Res­i­dents in­ter­ested in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing wildlife can par­tic­i­pate in the event “Un­veil­ing the Hid­den Gems of Metro At­lanta” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept.15.

Or­ga­nized by the Ge­or­gia River Net­work in al­liance with the Yel­low River Preser­va­tion and Con­ser­va­tion, South River Wa­ter­shed Al­liance and Rivers Alive, the event of­fers river cleanup train­ing and a nat­u­ral his­tory float as res­i­dents pad­dle on the Yel­low River in Por­terdale.

Par­tic­i­pants can choose to do ei­ther of the two ac­tiv­i­ties. The river cleanup in­volves learn­ing how to or­ga­nize a community river cleanup as par­tic­i­pants pad­dle the Yel­low River.

The nat­u­ral his­tory float con­sists of view­ing the wildlife that in­habit the river, learn­ing about wa­ter qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing and hear­ing a lo­cal his­to­rian’s sto­ries about the river. Along with a his­to­rian, a nat­u­ral­ist and a trainer from Ge­or­gia Adopt-a-Stream will guide the ac­tiv­ity.

Res­i­dents in­ter­ested can go to yel­lowriver­cleanup.eventbrite.com or go to garivers.org and scroll down to find a link to the event. The cost is $35 for lunch, boat rental and in- surance, and only $15 for lunch and in­sur­ance.

The same event will also be held at South River in El­len­wood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 8.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion was started to raise aware­ness for the Yel­low and South Rivers.

“We have been fo­cus­ing a lot of at­ten­tion on Chat­ta­hoochee River. The South

River and the Yel­low River haven’t re­ally been get­ting the at­ten­tion in the pos­i­tive way. They’re both beau­ti­ful rivers, but largely for­got­ten,” said Gwyneth Moody, the community pro­grams co­or­di­na­tor of Ge­or­gia River Net­work.

“I think it will def­i­nitely in­crease aware­ness of the rivers them­selves and ef­forts of restora­tion. We hope with the given in­crease of aware­ness, peo­ple want to give time, en­ergy and fi­nan­cial aid to help the South River so it can be swimmable and have no is­sues with wa­ter qual­ity.”

The Yel­low River Preser­va­tion and Con­ser­va­tion, founded by Cov­ing­ton and Por­terdale res­i­dents, is a part­ner with the Ge­or­gia River Net­work. Founded in 2011, the or­ga­ni­za­tion works to pre­serve and con­serve the Yel­low River.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion wel­comes vol­un­teers for the event to help with pre­par­ing the lunches, help­ing with the boat shut­tles, get­ting fly­ers out to lo­cal busi­nesses and con­tact­ing lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive to in­vite them to the event.

In­ter­ested vol­un­teers can contact Tonya Bechtler at tonyabechtler@gmail.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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