Vol­un­teers get on banks of Euharlee Creek for Rivers Alive cleanup

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal.net

When peo­ple want clean drink­ing wa­ter, they usu­ally don’t think too much about what is com­ing out of their tap. It’s clear, it’s pro­cessed, and when it goes down the drain more plants will fil­ter that wa­ter too.

Yet the streams, creeks, lakes and rivers that pro­vide wa­ter to places near and far could all use some ten­der love and care from time to time. The less trash that can wash down­stream, the bet­ter the wa­ter is for ev­ery­one else who wants to drink it.

That’s why lo­cal vol­un­teers spent a re­cent morn­ing in Rock­mart mov­ing slowly along­side Euharlee Creek and sought out every scrap of garbage that is in a spot it shouldn’t be.

Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful or­ga­nized the an­nual vol­un­teer cleanup on the eastern side of Polk County this year, col­lect­ing dozens of bags of rub­bish meant for the Grady Road Land­fill, and not a lo­cal wa­ter­way.

More than 100 came out to vol­un­teer for the Satur­day, Sept. 22 event.

“We’ve got groups go­ing out ev­ery­where,” said Randy Cook, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful on the morn­ing of the event.

The group re­ceived 100 dif­fer­ent shirt sizes and col­ors to give out dur­ing the event as well, and col­lected dozens of bags of trash out of the creek.

It’s one of many ef­forts un­der­taken by Keep Polk Beau­ti­ful an­nu­ally. Check on­line for more on the group with this story on­line at Polk­stan­dard­jour­nal.com.

/ Kevin Myrick

Vol­un­teers spread out along Euharlee Creek in Rock­mart for the 2018 Rivers Alive cleanup on Satur­day, Sept. 22.

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