Rivers Alive set for Oct. 2

COVINGTON -- Rivers Alive, the annual cleanup of local waterways led by volunteers, will take place Oct. 2.

Rivers Alive will kick off at 8 a.m. on the Covington Square. Volunteers will receive T-shirts and free breakfast, while supplies last, and then split into teams and head to local streams, lakes and rivers to pick up trash along river banks. More than 300 volunteers participated in the cleanup last year.

"The mission of Rivers Alive across the state is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. We want Newton County's citizens to know about and be involved in the preservation of our own water resources," said Laurie Riley, storm water program education specialist for Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful. "In addition to the obvious benefits of cleaning up litter along our waterways, Rivers Alive also offers a great educational opportunity for our community."

The event is coordinated by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful and the Georgia Wildlife Federation and is open to individuals, families, businesses, churches, neighborhoods, schools, civic clubs and other organizations. Groups of more than 10 are asked to register at www.kcnb.biz. The deadline for registration is Sept. 27.

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and anticipate getting a little wet. Groups will be assigned to the Alcovy River, Yellow and South rivers and their tributaries.

Local sponsors are the city of Covington and Newton County Board of Commissioners, which are providing T-shirts and breakfast for volunteers, and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, which is providing lunch for participants at noon at the Georgia Wildlife Federation located at 11600 Hazelbrand Road.

"We appreciate the 300 volunteers we had last year, and we hope to see them again on Oct. 2, along with several new faces," said Robert Phillips of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. "We also want to recognize the city of Covington, Newton County Board of Commissioners and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority who gave generous donations to support our local event."

For more information on the event, call Riley at 678-625-5093 or e-mail lriley@co.newton.ga.us.

Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the state including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands. Rivers Alive is held each fall and is sponsored on the state level by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division's Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs' Keep Georgia Beautiful Program, in cooperation with Help the Hooch, the single largest river and creek cleanup event in the Southeast.