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KCNB seeks volunteers for Rivers Alive

COVINGTON — Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful needs volunteers to help clean up local rivers, lakes and streams on Saturday, Oct. 5. KCNB helps sponsor Rivers Alive each October, with more than 300 people participating each year. This river cleanup event is designed to bring awareness to water pollution prevention and solutions for water pollution problems, while actively removing litter from local waterways.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse in Covington for the local Rivers Alive. Although most of the cleaning will be from the banks, volunteers should prepare to get at least a little wet.

As groups meet at Longhorn, they will be assigned to various access points along the Alcovy River, South River and Yellow River and their tributaries.

“We appreciate all of the volunteers who turn out for the event every year, and we welcome those new to the event. Our goal is to continue to grow the Rivers Alive event each year and bring greater awareness to the ease and necessity of litter and pollution prevention,” said Laurie Riley, KCNB Director.

Volunteers will receive T-shirts and free breakfast, while supplies last. They will split into teams and go to local streams, lakes, and rivers to clean. After a few hours of cleaning, groups will gather at the Georgia Wildlife Federation at 11600 Hazelbrand Road at noon for lunch and educational activities.

Interested volunteers should visit KCNB’s website: www.kcnb.biz, where they can print registration forms. They should fill out forms and email or fax them to KCNB to reserve their supplies. Volunteers interested in designating certain places for groups to clean should email Robert Phillips at Georgia Wildlife Federation at rphillips@gwf.org.

“We also want to recognize the city of Covington, Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, Mamie’s Kitchen and Longhorn Steakhouse, who gave generous donations to support our local event,” said Phillips.

The local cleanup event is a collaborative effort organized by KCNB and the Georgia Wildlife Federation. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program and the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation sponsor Rivers Alive on the state level. Local sponsors are the City of Covington, Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, Mamie’s Kitchen—Brown Bridge Road location and Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington.

For more information, contact KCNB at newtonclean@co.newton.ga.us or 770-784-2015 or visit the website at www.kcnb.biz.