'Renew Our Rivers' celebrates 15 years
by Elsie Hodnett
Feb 17, 2014 | 673 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LOGAN MARTIN LAKE – The Alabama Power Company Renew Our Rivers lake cleanup is celebrating its 15th year removing trash from Alabama waterways.

“We are excited that it is the 15th anniversary for the Renew Our Rivers campaign,” said Mike Riley, president of the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association. “We are hoping that this year’s cleanup will be the largest to date.”

The LMLPA lake cleanup is March 15-22. The cleanup is part of the Alabama Power Company “Renew Our Rivers” program, which involves thousands of volunteers and takes place on many lakes in Alabama and the southeast.

Riley said usually 500-600 volunteers assist with the cleanup each year.

“We are hoping to have 1,000 this year,” he said. “We are trying to get the word out. We are encouraging people to tell their friends, church groups, civic groups, everyone to come out and help.”

Riley said it is essential to clean up not only the waterways but the roadways as well.

“Trash on the roadways ends up in the waterways,” he said.

Riley said the LMLPA cleanup has grown tremendously over the years.

“It has just grown and grown, and we have tremendous participation from various organizations,” he said. “To me, this is one of the biggest things we do on this lake.”

Riley said the cleanup needs anyone with pontoon boats willing to assist with trash pickup to call or email him at 205-531-2372 or mike.riley@lmlpa.org.

“We are also looking for spotters to let us know where large debris items are,” he said. “And we are hoping the mayors from Pell City, Riverside and Lincoln will participate again this year.”

Volunteers may sign up using the LMLPA website, www.LMLPA.org, to make it easier to coordinate the cleanup sites and other details.

Individuals wishing to participate in the cleanup during the entire week should go to a convenient collection site between 8 a.m. and noon March 15. LMLPA representatives will sign up volunteers, and issue bags, t-shirts, and latex gloves. Between March 15-22, volunteers should return full Renew Our Rivers bags to the collection site and place them in the specially marked dumpster. Bags must be returned to the collection site because lake trash is not allowed in city or county garbage containers. Individuals should only use the LMLPA issued bags.

Individuals wishing to volunteer only on March 22 should go to a convenient collection site between 8-9 a.m. LMLPA representatives will issue the T-shirts, bags, and latex gloves. After working the morning hours, volunteers are invited to a free cleanup celebration picnic at noon on March 22 at Lakeside Landing.

There are five collection sites this year. Individuals with questions regarding the sites may call:

O Lakeside Landing- call Linda Ruethemann at 205-902-1196 or Charles Alexander at 205-913-6623.

O Clear Creek Marina- call Paul and Elizabeth Webb at 205-268-0892.

O Poor House Branch Marina- call Dick Franke at 256-322-1700.

O Battle’s Riverside Marina- Cliff Early at 205-338-4095 or 205-706-5141 or Larry Davis at 205-441-4173 or 205-763-0353.

O Woods Surfside Marina- call Mike Riley at 205-525-5309 or 205-531-2372.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.