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Rivers Alive effort cleans up 1,200 pounds

A group of about 75 gathered Saturday morning to participate in Keep Screven Beautiful Rivers Alive event.  
Participants met at Brannen’s Bridge during the morning Sept. 26; were given trash bags; and disbanded into several groups to pick up litter around several of Screven County’s waterways.
About 31 youth from Boy Scout Troop 103, Cub Scout Pack 391, and Jesus on Wheels participated in the cleanup. The groups were taken by a guide to Miller Lake, Possum Eddy Lake, Cannon Lake, and Brannen’s Bridge.  
Amber Smith, who is on the Keep Screven Beautiful Board, took a group out from Rocky Ford. They cleaned up around the landing at the Ogeechee River and went out in their kayaks and cleaned up along the shoreline.
Some of the trash items found along the waterways were beverage cans and bottles, cigarette butts, plastic grocery bags, batteries, tires, diapers, and discarded fishing gear. In total weight of trash picked up was approximately 1,200 pounds.
The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources.
After the cleanup, the group was then treated to a cookout at Brannen’s Bridge at noon.  Door prizes were given out afterward.
Rivers Alive was sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division’s Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Keep Georgia Beautiful Program in cooperation with Help the Hooch.
The Keep Screven Beautiful board members would like to thank each person who gave of their time to be a part of this great effort to keep our county and waterways clean.
Special thanks to our sponsors who donated items to the Rivers Alive event: Ross Drug, Bi-Lo, IGA, and AgSouth for the use of their grill.   
“Goodies” also were supplied by Ogeechee Technical College and Queensborough National Bank and Trust.  Sylvania Junior Woman’s Club and the Sylvania Telephone for their coverage of this event.
Organizers also thank Stan Sheppard of the Screven County Commissioners; Howard Pope with the Department of Natural Resources; and Keep Screven Beautiful.