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Rivers Alive seeking volunteers

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@Photo CUTLINE:This area of the Alcovy River under the Alcovy Trestle is one of the worst sites for waterway litter in the county. Old tires and trash can often be found here. Volunteers will join together Oct. 13 to pick up trash along rivers and tributaries as part of the Rivers Alive event. - Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith

COVINGTON -- Volunteers are being sought to clean up local waterways at the annual Rivers Alive event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13.

The event, coordinated by Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful and the Georgia Wildlife Federation, kicks off at 9 a.m. Volunteers should meet in the handicapped parking lot behind the Newton County Administration Building. This parking lot is located on Elm Street across the street from the parking deck and can be reached via Hwy. 278 by turning between the new WalGreens and Krystal. Volunteers should park in the deck and walk over to the handicapped lot to pick up breakfast and cleanup supplies.

There are no more free T-shirts available, as they are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Following breakfast, groups will then split into teams and go to local streams, lakes and rivers to pick up trash along the banks. They will be assigned to various access points along the Alcovy River, South River, Yellow River, and their tributaries.

Following the clean up, volunteers will gather at the Georgia Wildlife Federation at 11600 Hazelbrand Road at noon for lunch and a rain barrel making workshop.

More than 325 volunteers participated last year.

"We appreciate everyone who participated in the event last year and if you haven't participated before, we want to encourage you to make this event part of your ongoing community involvement," said KCNB Director Laurie Riley. "Every effort to reduce litter in our community not only helps the environment to look better, but also has a positive impact on local water quality."

Participants should wear closed-toe shoes and long pants and anticipate getting at least a little wet. Individuals, families, business, church, and neighborhood groups and schools and civic clubs are encouraged to participate. Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful is asking everyone to pre-register. Registration forms and release forms can be found at www.kcnb.biz.

The river cleanup is designed to address water pollution prevention and provide solutions for water pollution problems. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation sponsor Rivers Alive on the state level.

"We appreciate the 325 volunteers we had last year, and we hope to see them again on Oct. 13, along with several new faces", said Robert Phillips of GWF, "and we also want to recognize the City of Covington and the Newton County Water & Sewerage Authority, who gave generous donations to support our local event."

For more information, visit www.kcnb.biz or call 678-625-5090.