Residents urged to help clean up shores

Published 12:01 am Thursday, September 15, 2011

Local residents are asked to pitch in Saturday and help clean up the local waterways, officials said this week.

Janet Wofford, facilitator for the Conecuh-Sepulga and Blackwater rivers, said locals can show their support and concern for Alabama’s waterways by participating in the 24th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup, which is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

“You can make a difference by volunteering to clean up our cherished waterways,” she said. “Please remember, Coastal Cleanup is not just limited to our coastal waters. Any shoreline is eligible. Unfortunately, litter continues to be one of the worst pollutants and eyesores in not only our water shed, but also across the state.”

Wofford said this event is an “excellent opportunity” to learn more about area litter problems through the inventory process while making a difference in the cleanup process.

In its 23-year effort to clean up the coast, some 1.1 million pounds of trash have been removed from 3,917 miles of shoreline.

Wofford said any group or organization interested in helping, should contact her for more information on supplies, which are limited.

On Saturday, participants are urged to come prepared with sunscreen, a hat, gloves, shoes and lots of water.

“Keep in mind, this can be a fun experience as well,” she said. “We have groups that picnic, camp, canoe, etc., while participating in this worthwhile cause. Let’s all work to ‘get the trash out of the splash.’”

For more information, call Wofford at 222-3271.