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Community to help keep rivers alive this weekend
Grab a friend and head to Brannen’s Bridges on Saturday to help with the third annual Rivers Alive cleanup of the area’s waterways.
It’s a chance to spend some time outdoors while doing a good deed and enjoying a nice picnic. From 150 people to 200 people are expected to attend the event that starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m.
“It’s more education than work,” said Phyllis Butts, executive director of Keep Screven Beautiful. “If you’ve never been out there, it’s beautiful. It’s a good time to explore what our county has to offer.”
Volunteers will meet at the bridges, in the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area, and will spread out to pick up trash from nearby waterways, meeting back at the bridges for lunch at noon.
Groups such as school classes, Cub Scouts, church groups and businesses are welcome to take part, as well as individuals. Trash bags and gloves are provided and the first 100 volunteers get free T-shirts.
After last year’s clean-up, participants ate lunch and listened to Dr. Al Freeland tell about the Battle of Brier Creek, fought in the area during the Revolutionary War. He’s scheduled to return as a speaker this year, along with Frank Carl, executive director of Savannah Riverkeeper; and Howard Pope, manager of Tuckahoe.
It’s the third year Rivers Alive has been held locally. In the first year, about 50 people gathered and all the trash the volunteers collected fit into the back of one pickup truck. Last year, about 140 volunteers collected 22 bags of trash along 11 miles of waterways in Screven County. Among the trash gathered were six tires, 99 plastic bottles, 158 glass bottles and 244 cans.
Rivers Alive is a joint program of the Environmental Protection Division’s Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Department of Community Affairs’ Keep Georgia Beautiful Program.
Statewide, the cleanup has been underway for 10 years. Last year in Georgia, 26,800 volunteers cleaned more than 2,300 miles of waterways and removed more than 368 tons of trash and garbage including tires, shingles, balls and washing machines from Georgia’s waterways.