Renew Our Rivers to be held Sept. 18 and 19

Renew Our Rivers will be held on Sept. 18 and 19 this year at the Demopolis City Landing.ror

Since the first community cleanups in 2000, Alabama Power employees and community volunteers have made a remarkable impact in protecting waterways in their communities through Renew Our Rivers. With humble beginnings at the generating plants and lakes managed by Alabama Power, thousands of volunteers have spread the program up rivers and tributaries, creating more than 30 cleanups to remove trash across the state’s watersheds.

So far, more than 56,000 volunteers, including Alabama Power employees, civic groups, schools, homeowners and boat owner organizations, have participated in Renew Our Rivers. Cleanups are held on the Coosa, Tallapoosa, Black Warrior, Cahaba, and Mobile Rivers in Alabama and the Upper Coosa River in Georgia.

In its 14 years in existence, Renew Our Rivers has removed some 13.5 million pounds of trash from Alabama and Georgia watersheds. In 2014 alone, 319,600 pounds of trash were collected in Alabama by more than 6,000 volunteers.

This year, Renew Our Rivers will meet at the Demopolis City Landing at 8 a.m. on Sept. 18 and 19. Lunch will be served each day at noon.

To volunteer, contact Jesse Johnson at 334.289.6160 or 251.238.1257.