Rivers Alive vol­un­teers needed for 2016 cleanup in Rock­mart area on Sept. 24

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It’s that time of year again when one lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion needs help in keep­ing Polk County’s streams and creeks free of filth.

The Polk County chap­ter of Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful is join­ing with Keep Amer­ica Beau­ti­ful or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try on Satur­day, Sept. 24 in Rock­mart for its Rivers Alive event, an an­nual cleanup by vol­un­teers of trash that lit­ters the county and na­tion’s wa­ter­ways.

“Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful al­ter­nates cleanup ar­eas be­tween Cedar­town and Rock­mart ev­ery other year in or­der to en­sure we’re ad­e­quately ad­dress­ing all our beau­ti­ful streams,” said Vance Voinche, Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor.

Vol­un­teers will meet in Rock­mart start­ing with reg­is­tra­tion at 8 a.m. for work on Euharlee Creek. Groups will form and then spread out to clean de­bris from creek sides and road­ways and the Sil­ver Come t Trail this year. Those par­tic­i­pat­ing will re­ceive a 2016 “Rivers Alive” t-shirt on a first come, first serve ba­sis and along with break­fast.

“Two hun­dred-plus vol­un­teers work­ing for four hours can make a big dif­fer­ence in the health of our streams, and our en­vi­ron­ment,” Voinche said.

Vol­un­teers are asked to wear tennis shoes and sen­si­ble cloth­ing for cleanup work, and bring gloves and hand held “lop­pers” to clear over­hang­ing branches on the trail.

No projects are ex­pected to take more than a cou­ple of hours, Voinches said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer for 2016 Rivers Alive cleanup, call Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful at 678-246-1083, or email kp­beau­ti­[email protected]

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