Keep Bulloch Beautiful will hold Bulloch County’s 2011 Rivers Alive Cleanup on Saturday, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The effort is part of Rivers Alive, a joint program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s education programs and the Department of Community Affairs’ Keep Georgia Beautiful Program. Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands.
KBB focuses its efforts on the Ogeechee River and its tributaries.
The annual Georgia Waterway Cleanup is expected to once again be the largest single volunteer effort to beautify Georgia’s water resources. Volunteers for Bulloch County’s event will meet at Mill Creek Park at 9 a.m. for registration and then commence the cleanup. They will join an estimated 30,000 other volunteers statewide participating in the annual river cleanup. This fall more than 100 other cleanups will collect trash and similar debris in streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and the ocean from Lake Allatoona in North Georgia to the Ochlockonee River in the South.
“This cleanup is a great opportunity to help revive our rivers by removing 1000s of pounds of litter that is purposefully dumped in the Ogeechee River,” said Kelly Collingsworth, executive director for Keep Bulloch Beautiful. “With the help of hundreds of volunteers we can help breathe life back into our rivers and streams.”
During the statewide 2010 river cleanup 24,617 volunteers cleaned 2,150 miles of waterways and removed 535 tons of trash and garbage including tires, shingles, balls and washing machines from Georgia’s waterways, according to the Environmental Protection Division’s website, riversalive.com.
To volunteer for the Bulloch County cleanup, contact Collingsworth at (912) 764.6147 or email at email@example.com.