Volunteers needed for Rivers Alive

COVINGTON -- Get out your old boots and prepare to get muddy and wet in exchange for bettering the environment. It's nearly time for Rivers Alive, the annual volunteer waterway cleanup event.

Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful is seeking volunteers to pick up garbage along the Yellow and Alcovy rivers and Dried Indian Creek on Saturday, Oct. 8.

"Rivers Alive is important to the environment because it offers opportunities for residents to learn about local waterways, things like where our drinking water comes from and how certain activities and behaviors impact water quality," said KCNB Director Laurie Riley. "It gives them a chance to see how litter and other pollutants make their way into local streams, rivers, and lakes and provides them with an opportunity to actively participate in protecting vital water resources."

It's the perfect activity for groups such as churches, schools, clubs and businesses, Riley said. Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. on the Square in downtown Covington and are encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and prepare to get wet.

Free breakfast, T-shirts, trash bags and other supplies will be provided. Volunteers will split into teams and go to various locations and then gather at noon at the Georgia Wildlife Federation located at 11600 Hazelbrand Road for a free lunch and educational activities.

All those who can, especially groups of 10 or more, should register by calling KCNB at 770-784-2015. For more information, visit www.kcnb.biz.

Rivers Alive is held annually each fall and is sponsored 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 an effort to decrease pollution in and near Georgia's 70,150 miles of streams and rivers.