Warner Robins Rivers Alive Clean-Up Program (2018)
With over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, volunteers to help clean-up our waterways are crucial to keeping Georgia looking its best! The Rivers Alive Clean-Up Program is held in the fall annually as a volunteer clean-up program designed to clean all the beaches, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands in Georgia. As part of the Georgia Environmental Division Outreach Program the clean-up is designed to create awareness and preserve Georgia’s waterways.
Annually, over 20,000 volunteers participate in over 200 clean-up events statewide to help beautify Georgia’s water resources. Throughout the twenty years of the clean-up initiative nearly 447 thousand volunteers have collectively removed over 10 million pounds of debris from over 32 thousand miles of waterway.
Rivers Alive Clean-Up Program Details
When: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Time: 9am – 11am
Where: Bay Gall Creek/Wellston Trail on Corder Road
Contact: Keep Warner Robins Beautiful, (478) 929-7258, firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: Georgia Rivers Alive
The event will be facilitated by the organization, Keep Warner Robins Beautiful, which provides waste reduction and litter prevention for Houston County. The organization’s guiding principles focus on promoting individual responsibility, educating the community, establishing partnerships, and garnering volunteers to protect the environment.
If you are willing to help remove litter and debris from Bay Gall Creek (where the Warner Robins rainwater and runoff flows to), your assistance with this years Warner Robins Rivers Alive Clean-Up Program will be much appreciated.
Rivers Alive Facts and Information
The theme this year is in commemoration of Rivers Alive twenty years of dedication to cleaning up Georgia’s waterways. This year’s t-shirt design is a Rock n Roll twenty-year reunion theme featuring River Alive’s logo with a creative montage of past years statewide cleanups. The theme, ‘Rock Your ‘Shed Tour 2018!,’ is a reflection on the program’s two decades of success and meditates on the importance of the clean-up effort and honors past volunteers.
Rivers Alive compiles a report annually detailing the findings from the statewide clean-up. A highly detailed tally form is completed by each volunteer and the clean-up organizer for the annual report. The report consists of a breakdown of the most likely found items, packaging materials, fishing gear, and personal hygiene items.
The data collected for the report highlights any challenges in safeguarding the environment and on pinpointing future prospective clean-up sites. Last year under half a million pounds of debris were collected and removed from Georgia’s waterways. Some of the most unusual items detailed in the clean-up report from 2017 included a prosthetic leg, a typewriter, and a bird cage.
Various participants are needed for a variety of tasks including serving on a planning committee, locating waterways for clean-up, recruiting volunteers and sponsors, assisting in the events, picking up debris, and recording data.
The program procures one hundred percent support through fundraising and through the support of local sponsors that provide funding for trash bags, gloves, insect repellent, first aid kits, and occasional refreshments. Volunteers will receive a Rivers Alive T-shirt for their clean-up efforts, but should arrive in comfy clothes and shoes expecting to get dirty.
Rivers Alive seeks to inform the community through educational classroom activities through the use of various water related educational resources teachers can implement in the classroom. The Girl Scouts participate in a Water Drop Patch Project where they take hands on action in protecting their local waterways while simultaneously learning about water quality. Sponsors and organizers are kept informed on activities and events through the Rivers Alive quarterly newsletter.