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Friday, October 1, 2010

Lake Cleanup October 27-30 : Wedowee

News to Know
by Kelly Caldwell



 
Bob May uses his float plane to scout locations like the one above that will need cleaning during Lake Wedowee’s annual Lake Cleanup.



Lake Wedowee has long been considered one of the cleanest lakes in Alabama which is a credit to the Lake Wedowee Property Owners Association and Alabama Power Company's Renew our Rivers campaign.
Each fall volunteers tackle the task of removing trash and debris from the lake bed and this year, the group decided for a later date than the typical last week of September.

“We moved it because we had so much flooding this spring and we wanted to make sure we had ample time for the lake to go down,” Bob May, one of the organizers of the event, said.

In 2009, there were difficulties with excessive rain in September that kept the lake near full pool.

“It is harder to get the trash out of the lake when we are still at full pool,” May said.

May, using his float plane, starts scouting locations to clean about a month before the week long event begins in order to maximize the volunteer effort.

Nearly 200 workers collected 5.5 tons of trash on Lake Wedowee and 5,733 volunteers picked up 357.02 tons of trash from the banks and shorelines of Alabama lakes and rivers.

Renew Our Rivers, formerly known as Renew the Coosa, began in 2000 after employees from Alabama Power's Plant Gadsden became concerned about litter in and along the banks of the Coosa River. Renew Our Rivers is now one of the Southeast's largest organized river-system cleanups of its kind.

Renew Our Rivers has grown to include annual cleanups on the Chattahoochee, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Mobile, Alabama and Black Warrior rivers in Alabama as well as waterways in Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.
Here in Randolph County it could not be possible without the efforts of volunteers and donations from local businesses. In years past, area real estate companies have fed the volunteers during the clean up days and local marinas have donated the use of boats.

“Last year, we had more people ready to work than we had boats for them to use,” May said. “But we had individuals that donated the use of their boats and we made things work.”

The LWPOA provides gas for boats used during clean up.

The event will begin October 27 and last through October 30.

 For more information contact, May 256.357.2656, Shelia Smith 256.396.5093 or Marlon Glover 770.823.6761.

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