Football season is underway but fall also brings the second half of the Renew Our Rivers cleanup schedule.
So far this year, volunteers have removed more than 164,000 pounds of trash and debris from Alabama lakes and rivers.
The Renew Our Rivers program began in the spring of 2000 with Gene Phifer’s vision to clean a stretch of the Coosa River near Alabama Power’s Plant Gadsden, where he worked at the time.
Since then, more than 117,000 volunteers have joined the effort and collected more than 15.5 million pounds of trash and debris from waterways across the Southeast. In 2018 alone, 4,000 volunteers removed more than 268,000 pounds of trash from Alabama lakes, rivers and shorelines.
“Now that summer is coming to an end, the Renew Our River campaign is getting back into full swing,” said Mike Clelland, an Alabama Power Environmental Affairs specialist who helps coordinate the cleanups. “We hope people will consider coming out and joining us in the 10 cleanups between now and November.”
The next cleanups are Sept. 12 on Smith Lake and Village Creek in Jefferson County. The last cleanup of the year is Nov. 1-2 on Lake Martin.
Renew Our Rivers is one of many initiatives in which Alabama Power partners with others to promote conservation and environmental stewardship in communities across the state. Please see below the 2019 schedule of Renew Our Rivers cleanups. For updates to the schedule, please visit https://apcshorelines.com/blog/.
Schedule of remaining 2019 cleanups and contacts:
Sept. 12: Smith Lake (Winston County)
Contact: Jim Eason
Sept. 12-14: Village Creek
Contact: Yohance Owens 205-798-0087
Sept. 20: Smith Lake (Cullman County)
Contact: Jim Murphy 205-529-5981
Sept. 28: Valley Creek
Oct. 4-5: Lake Demopolis
Contact: Jesse Johnson
334-289-6160 or 251-238-1257
Oct. 15: Dog River (Mobile County)
Contact: Catie Boss
251-829-2146 or [email protected]
Oct. 22-24: Lake R.L. Harris
(Tallapoosa River-Lake Wedowee)
Contact: Sheila Smith 205-396-5093
Marlin Glover 770-445-0824
Oct. 26: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)
Contact: Dale Vann 205-910-3713
Oct. 28-Nov. 2: Neely Henry Lake (Coosa River)
Contact: Lisa Dover 256-549-0900
Nov. 1-2: Lake Martin (Tallapoosa River)
Contact: John Thompson
334-399-3289 or [email protected]