Vol­un­teers needed for river cleanup

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

An out­doors cleanup group is look­ing for vol­un­teers to help keep our “Rivers Alive.”

Keep Cov­ing­ton/New­ton Beau­ti­ful (KCNB) needs lo­cal res­i­dents, river en­thu­si­asts, out­door lovers and any­one in­ter­ested to help clean up lo­cal rivers, lakes and streams Satur­day, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. The group will meet at Longhorn Steak­house of Cov­ing­ton be­fore be­ing split into groups to tackle lo­cal wa­ter sources.

Rivers Alive is spon­sored by KCNB each year, with more than 300 par­tic­i­pants each year, ac­cord­ing to a KCNB press re­lease. The river cleanup event is de­signed to bring aware­ness to wa­ter pol­lu­tion preven­tion and so­lu­tions for wa­ter pol­lu­tion prob­lems while “ac­tively re­mov­ing lit­ter from lo­cal wa­ter­ways.”

“We ap­pre­ci­ate all of the vol­un­teers who par­tic­i­pate ev­ery year, and we wel­come those new to the event. Our goal is to con­tinue to group the Rivers Alive event each year and bring greater aware­ness to the ne­ces­sity of lit­ter and pol­lu­tion preven­tion,” said Lau­rie Ri­ley, direc­tor of KCNB.

Vol­un­teers are asked to wear shoes and long pants and pre­pare to get “at least a lit­tle wet.” T-shirts and free break­fast will be pro­vided while sup­plies last. And what’s bet­ter than free food and swag? Af­ter a few hours of clean­ing, groups will gather at the Ge­or­gia Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion at 11600 Hazel­brand Road at noon for lunch and ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cleanup as­sign­ments will in­clude ac­cess points along Al­covy River, South River and Yel­low River and their trib­u­taries.

“We also want to rec­og­nize the City of Cov­ing­ton, New­ton County Wa­ter and Sewage Author­ity, Mamie’s Kitchen and Longhorn Steak­house, who gave gen­er­ous dona­tions to sup­port our lo­cal event,” said Robert Phillips of the Ge­or­gia Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion.

The lo­cal cleanup is a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort or­ga­nized by KCNB and the Ge­or­gia Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion. The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ Ge­or­gia AdoptA-Stream Pro­gram and the Keep Ge­or­gia Beau­ti­ful Foun­da­tion spon­sor Rivers Alive on a state level.

In­ter­ested vol­un­teers should visit kcnb. biz to print reg­is­tra­tion forms, which should be filled out and emailed or faxed to KCNB to re­serve their sup­plies. Vol­un­teers in­ter­ested in des­ig­nat­ing cer­tain places for groups to clean should email Phillips at rphillips@gwf.org.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email new­ton­clean@co.new­ton.ga.us or call 770784-2015.

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